Categories: Academic Programs

Narrative Summary

In an effort to provide an immerse opportunity in comprehensive understanding of cultural awareness, OSTTC would like to present the Ogwehoweh Identity & Cultural Awareness program.


Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of the Root Theory & Methodology of Ukwehuwe’neha (within the Oneida language), while also seeing how some of these principles translate between the Cayuga and Mohawk languages. The Root Method has become the staple for standardized-learning when teaching conversational speaking.


Participants will learn how to make a full traditional outfit (moccasins, ribbon shirt/dress, leather leggings/breech/skirt) as well as other items & trade skills of Haudenosaunee material culture, such as black ash basketry.


Participants will study the Cycle of Ceremonies Calendar (as recognized @ Grand River) and how it changes as it applies to each Ganohse:s. This includes learning societal pedagogies & the roles and responsibilities of leadership within the traditional confederacy, as well as the meanings behind our wampum belts and examples of how these concepts apply to the modern function of society.


Participants will learn traditional ecological knowledge behind the ecology preservation and restoration of our community. Participants will also learn about what it means to have a personal medicine bundle, as well as some practical herbology to include within it. Participants will also assist in the process of tapping trees to collect maple sugar.


Participants will have the opportunity to learn social songs & dance protocols, as well as necessary speeches required to run a social dance.

Admission Requirements
  • Be at least 18 years of age or a mature student
  • Grade 12 Diploma or GED preferred
  • Interview with the Student Services Team

Course Outline
  • Language
  • Clothing Outfitting
  • Ceremonial Calendar
  • Medicines
  • Pedagogy and Wampum Belts
  • Music
  • Artisanship
  • Culinary
  • Games

Hours and Duration
  • January 29 – May 3, 2024
  • Monday to Friday

Career Opportunities
  • Pursue higher education
  • Professor, Instructor, Coordinator or Management in Government, Business, or Education Sector
  • Research Analyst
  • Social Work

Registration Deadline

Deadline to register is January 12th, 2024. All applications must be submitted before 3pm on the deadline date. Applications will be considered complete when ALL forms are filled in FULL and required documentation is provided.

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