Tetitewaha ne Onkwawen:na! (Let's bring our language back)
On Saturday, September 27, 2008, we celebrated the first 10 years of Kanienkeha language in the Mohawk Valley at the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Language Students 10 Year Anniversary Reunion - 1998-2008.
From noon to the evening, the Kanatsiohareke Alumni Association made its debut here at the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community and several students from near and far to came together for a day to share their personal experience in the Mohawk Language Immersion program. We shared good food provided by the community and memories of our respective time in the program.
Custom-made scarves provided by Mohawk artisan Tammy Beauvais were made for all of the Immersion Program Teachers and were presented to those Mohawk Language Teachers who were able to join us.
Our heartfelt Niawenkowa goes to Bonnie Jane Maracle, Amanda Holmes and Kay Olan without whom the event may not have been realized. These beautiful women took the time and pooled their skills & talents to go above and beyond to ensure an eventful day. We would also like to say Niawenkowa to Albany Times Union Reporter Rick Karlin & Staff Photographer Steve Jacobs for a wonderful article in the 9/28/08 Sunday Edition.
Although not all of our students and teachers were able to join us that day, we are hopeful that our next reunion will prove even more successful. We would also like those teachers who could not join us on September 27th to know that we have a beautiful Alumni scarf waiting for each of you.
Future Reunion dates will be posted here, so please keep checking our website.