Here is an e-mail that I received from Nancy Napierala about my blog and her relationship with the Seneca language. I met Nancy when I attended Seneca Language classes at the University at Buffalo in 2009 and 2010. There is a core group of engaged Seneca language learners who come together to practice, learn, and speak the Seneca language. I was so happy to be in an environment of language learning and I am sad that I have not been able to attend the classes anymore. I hope next semester to have a language learning night with some other Skarù:re’ learners!
“Nya:weh sgeno, Mia,
I appreciate your blog and the emphasis on language. Our Seneca Language class is always looking for reinforcement and ideas for our studies. In particular, we appreciate the emerging group of young adults who are using their cultural background combined with current teaching methods and social media to encourage the growth of language skills as the first component of cultural preservation. I was immediately struck by the colors in your heading with the beautiful portraits of people. The next thing that caught my eye was the borders, with their woodland illustrations, lending peaceful and healthy aspects to the material you present.
I believe your use of children’s learning aids is solid and applicable to all learners, because we must all learn as children do, whatever our ages, and we like to be reassured by the kind and expressive voice of the narrator. The links you add to other nations, to Indian Country Today, and to other language learning systems helps expand our awareness that all the nations are having the same problems preserving culture.
We can follow very few blogs if we want to keep up our own work, and yours is the only one I would choose to follow regularly because your interests are helpful to me. I am happy that you acknowledge your Mom because it shows that the efforts of her generation as first-generation college students (I presume) are bearing fruit so quickly in the continuing work of their children.
Ehsgo:gai’ae, (I’ll see you again, in Seneca), Nancy Napierala”
Nyá:we’ for your support Nancy!