Karihwanoron: Precious Things
a Mohawk child from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec, attends a unique and
special school: Karihwanoron. It is a Mohawk immersion program that teaches
Mohawk language, culture and philosophy. Yagorihwanirats is so excited to go to
school that she never wants to miss a day – even if she is sick.
great-grandmother, Francis Dione, was forced to not speak her language as a
child. This is was what inspired her to encourage community members to create
Karihwanoron – a school that would foster the Mohawk language for generations
granddaughter (and Yagorihwanirats’ mother) Wentahawi was one of the first
students to attend the school.
does not receive adequate financial assistance from the government – but with a
little luck, creativity and the community’s support, Karihwanoron somehow
always manages to raise enough money to stay open for another year.
Unfortunately, this year, the school is at risk of having to close its doors. Permanently.