The Cayuga language is spoken at the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario, Canada. Prior to European contact, the Cayuga people lived in present-day New York State on Lake Cayuga. Many moved to Ontario once the American Revolution began.
As with many indigenous languages across the globe, the number of Cayuga speakers has decreased, dropping from 376 in the 1970s to less than 100 in 2008. This month, the Canadian government awarded the Cayuga preservation project a grant of $999,947 over five years to preserve Cayuga language, culture and history. The project will be led by researchers at the Memorial University of Newfoundland who have partnered with the Woodland Cultural Centre, an educational and linguistic center located at the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario, Canada.
“This project will create new insights into the Cayuga language, protect thousands of years of local history and knowledge and help promote the social, cultural and economic development of the Six Nations community,” said Mr. McColeman, a government official.
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