Seneca Immersion Group

Nya:wëh Sgë:nö’!

Welcome to the Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ website.

UPDATE.... the application deadline has passed and the application period is now closed.

Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ is very pleased to announce that is has received additional funding for five new 1st Year Student positions within our organization. These new 1st Year Student positions will be located in the Cattaraugus branch of our department studying at our location at 86 Iroquois Drive. If interested in applying for one of these 1st Year student positions, then please be sure to familiarize yourself with the information in the Admissions Process section of this web page, and to carefully review the material in our Study Materials section to be as prepared as possible to take our Admissions Test. We anticipate selection for these student positions to be very competitive, and therefore it is in your best interest to be ultra-prepared to score extremely well on our Admissions Test. Applicants will only be allowed to take the Admissions Test a total of two times, and a perfect score is expected. The deadline to submit ALL of our required application materials, and to have taken our Admissions Test will be Wednesday, December 4th. 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. To prospective students, thank you very much for your interest and best of luck should you decide to apply!

Currently, Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ is operating a 1st Year portion of the program in Ohiyo. The 1st Year students are nearing the end of the 1st Year curriculum with all students demonstrating remarkable progress in their speaking and understanding of Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’. 2 of the 4 students who have reached the 3rd Year level are instructing the mentioned 1st Year class, and the other 2 students continue to study with elders and work on resource and curriculum development.

The Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ 2nd Year program in Cattaraugus continues to make progress moving through the 2nd Year curriculum and the students are hard at work advancing their knowledge and speaking ability in Onöndowa'ga:' Gawë:nö’.

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

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.

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