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    Learning Mohawk Language (Kanien'kéha)

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    3-year BA available here: Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages, Mohawk Language Stream | Six Nations Polytechnic

    Online (free, non-degree) lessons here: Lesson 1 | Lessons | Mohawk Language Custodian Association

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann View Post
    Tekwanonwerá:tons (Welcome)

    3-year BA available here: Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh Languages, Mohawk Language Stream | Six Nations Polytechnic

    Online (free, non-degree) lessons here: Lesson 1 | Lessons | Mohawk Language Custodian Association

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    Good resources and information for learning Mohawk language. Mohawk is one of the most complicated languages to learn. Today, so many resources available to help you in learning this language in an easy way and becoming a fluent speaker.

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    Oh cool! Mr. Johann is going to love this! He has Mohawk in his family tree. oops, I didn't notice that Mr. Johann started the thread. Ay Abner! :)

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    What is the band's name - Cayuga

    from the movie Ghost Dog. The dude plays a Cayuga, and he really is a Cayuga who has a band.

    What was his name? Or the bands name for that matter?

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    That's Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, Abner. And yes, he's a real Cayuga; his character's name was "Nobody." (I think we once mentioned him in another thread.) The Cayuga are another of the (Six) Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy -Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Tuscarora and Seneca. The Tuscarora were originally from the Carolinas; they spoke a language of the same family and were helped to re-settle by the other Iroquois tribes when their land was taken from them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Abner
    He has Mohawk in his family tree.
    Well, definitely Native in a couple of recent branches of my family tree (by marriage etc.) Not sure if any is Mohawk. (Some could easily be. Other is probably not.) Me personally - not a drop, unless they have Mohawks in England. My kids- yes, definitely some. However, I did take some Mohawk language lessons and right now I'm wearing a Clan totem (turtle) I bought on the Reserve about 30 years ago. That count?

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    Good to know. The professor is, as reported, "riding a wave." I believe there are presently about a million Nahuatl speakers in Mexico - and two million speakers of Mayan. Plenty of radio broadcasts etc. in both. There's even a Mayan-language telenovela (soap opera) called Baktun. (A baktun is a unit of time - 144,000 days in the Mayan Calendar.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baktun_(telenovela)

    Conversely - Mohawk has about 4,500 speakers. Cayuga only a few hundred. The Mohawk classes I attended were suspended when funding dried up, as money was only available for languages with less than 1,000 speakers. Cayuga was still offered, but I really wanted to continue Mohawk, so I didn't stick around. Of course, if they'd offered Nahuatl or Mayan, I'd have stayed -- but this was a long way away, in Iroquois territory.

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    BTW - I first learned about the cultures of Nahuatl- and Maya-speaking peoples in Spanish class, in college (night school) back in the 80s. Our wonderful profesora was Mayan, on her mother's side. I firmly believe there is nothing like the study of language and music to bring people together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann
    I firmly believe there is nothing like the study of language and music to bring people together.
    And yes, of course, Dr. Bear. Circle Dancing. Definitely.

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    Oops - slight problem with the link to "Baktun" (telenovela) site. Sorry. Try this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baktun_(telenovela)) Yeah, that's better. The url tag was taking out a bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann View Post
    Oops - slight problem with the link to "Baktun" (telenovela) site. Sorry. Try this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baktun_(telenovela)) Yeah, that's better. The url tag was taking out a bracket.
    Hmmm, I had no idea. I had never heard of that on Spanish TV before. Very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abner View Post
    Hmmm, I had no idea. I had never heard of that on Spanish TV before. Very interesting.
    Then maybe you'd enjoy this, Abner. A Culture Clings to Its Reflection in a Cleaned-Up Soap Opera - The New York Times

    BTW - forgot to mention. Our Mexican-born, half-Maya profesora's husband was Greek. What a great couple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann View Post
    That's funny, I grew up watching telenovelas like this one:

    Rosa Salvaje Soy yo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc1ZH2an3JI&t=90s

    I will have to watch one of those Baktun telenovelas sometime. I won't know what they are saying, but I am just curious. You learn something new everday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johann View Post
    Then maybe you'd enjoy this, Abner. A Culture Clings to Its Reflection in a Cleaned-Up Soap Opera - The New York Times

    BTW - forgot to mention. Our Mexican-born, half-Maya profesora's husband was Greek. What a great couple!

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    That's cool! I love it! I love a mish mash of cultures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abner View Post
    That's cool! I love it! I love a mish mash of cultures.
    So do I -- those wonderful evenings drinking mezcal, bouzoukis playing, Johann breaking plates and yelling "Opa!" Εκπληκτικός! (Wonderful!) I'm kidding, of course.

    We have some people of Nahuatl background here in frozen Canada. A few years ago, I had a part-time job. My boss was named Xochitl (flower). Nice lady. Rotten company. Not her fault.

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