Bilingual Lake Sturgeon Educational
Book First of its Kind!
Students (L-R): Thanaokatha, Teionienkwatase, Shakotentetha,
Kaianonkie tánon, Shatkarihwaien
In Tsiothóhrha/December 2014, the Saint
Regis Mohawk Tribe's (SRMT) Environment Division collaborated
with the Ahkwesáshsne Freedom School (AFS) on an education
project proposal to the St. Lawrence River Research and Education
Fund (SLRREF) called, "Tsi Niiohahò:ten: Choosing our Path."
The project was awarded in 2015 and enabled AFS students to participate
in spring and summer environmental activities that promoted traditional
teachings; language; and science lessons of fish, wildlife, and
medicines from the Áse Tsi Tewá:ton Program. The
Tsi Niiohahò:ten project created a unique new link to the
Tribe's cultural restoration efforts by creating a "Jr. Apprentice."
This transfer of traditional knowledge and hands on application
teachings from Masters and Apprentices to Jr. Apprentices focused
on traditional uses of Lake Sturgeon, muskrat, wild rice and medicinal
plants. As a result of this collaboration, printed educational material,
with artwork and text contributions by the AFS students, was created
in posters and handouts to be used as future teaching tools.
highlight of the education materials developed from this collaborative
project was the artful and colorful Lake Sturgeon publication crafted
by the SRMT Communications Department, with support from AFS teachers
This Lake Sturgeon publication was produced in fall 2016 in
both Kanien'keha (Mohawk) only and Mohawk/English languages. The
book printed in Mohawk-only language is targeted for educational
uses in Mohawk immersion language programs or fluent speakers. While
the bilingual bookwas developed for public schools, environmental
education, and/or any person interested in learning the language
and more about Lake Sturgeon. This 16-page bilingual publication
is the first of its kind and combines snipits of the sciences, language,
culture and conservation of Lake Sturgeon in Akwesasne.
The printing of the Lake Sturgeon publication was made possible
with support by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great
Lake Restoration Initiative (GL-97221410), SRMT's St. Lawrence River
Area of Concern Program, and SRMT Communications Department.
Scientific teachings about Lake Sturgeon propagation and fish
stocking was shared with AFS students by the New York State Department
of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
biologists, while cultural teachings and language translation and
edits were shared by SRMT's Áse Tsi Tewá:ton Program
and AFS teachers.
The bilingual Lake Sturgeon book is available at SRMT Environment
Division, 449 Frogtown Road in Akwesasne, New York. For more information,
please call (518) 358-5937.