Seneca Immersion Group

Nya:wëh Sgë:nö’!

Welcome to the Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ website.

In October 2017 Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ successfully launched the 2nd Year portion of our Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’ (Seneca language) Immersion Program in Ohi:yo'. Our inaugural class finished the 1st Year program at the end of June with every student exhibiting massive improvement in their speaking and understanding of Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’.

After a bit of a delay this past January 2018 also saw Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ successfully launch a new 1st Year program in Cattaraugus. This new class is now hard at work in developing their knowledge of Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’.

The Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ would like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts in developing this new immersion program and in our endeavors to produce new Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’ speakers with a proven pedagogy.

Please stay tuned for announcements on student applications being accepted for new classes. Until then, if interested in applying for a student position in the future, then please study the material in our Study Materials section to be as prepared as possible to take our Admissions Test. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask any of our staff found in the Contact Us section of our web page. Once again, thank you very much for your interest and support!

The Deadiwënöhsnye’s (They Protect the Language) Gëjóhgwa’ (group of people) Immersion Program seeks to revitalize Onöndowa'ga:' (Seneca), and in turn Haudenosaunee, language and culture through creation of an adult immersion program that will produce effective Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’ (Seneca language) speakers. This program is dedicated to providing adult learners the opportunity to exponentially increase their Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’ verbal proficiency through various teaching methods and practical applications. This program is also committed to increasing the understanding and knowledge of traditional Onöndowa'ga:'/Haudenosaunee cultural teachings through Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’ instruction.

The goal of the Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ Immersion Program is to enable students to converse in Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’ with fluent speakers on a limited number of subjects involving common situations (but not events). They will learn to describe their friends and family members, their physical appearance, clan and nation, health, mental state, aches and pains, location, place of residence, age, children, marital situation, personal possessions, and the weather. They will learn to describe people, objects, where and how they are located, their ownership, color and number. They will learn to talk about all these situations in the past, present, and future. Students will also be able to name common domestic and “wild” animals, birds, and insects. They will be able to name geographic features, along with common local, regional and world place names. They will also gain an understanding, but not a mastery, of how to speak about everyday actions and events.

Students will learn to read and become familiar with writing Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’ orthography, and will also be taught dialectical differences between different Onöndowa'ga:' communities.