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Cousins use Kanien’kéha to share what they’ve learned about medicines and Mohawk culture – CBC

On break from Mohawk language immersion program, pair creates video series

Dec 04, 2019

Teionerahtastaráthe (broadleaf plantain). Tsawenhsa’kó:wa (great mullein). Tarà:kwi ononhkwèn:’on (staghorn sumac).

These are some of the Mohawk names of medicines that grow in abundance throughout Kahnawake, Que., that Ra’nikonhrí:io Lazare and Katsenhaién:ton Lazare want their community to learn more about.

“We show our community not to be afraid to use your language, and not to be afraid to show what you know about the land,” said Ra’nikonhrí:io Lazare.

The two cousins are learning Kanien’kéha, the Mohawk language, and are enrolled in their second year of Ratiwennahní:rats, a two-year adult language immersion program by the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center.

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