OHS continues to build bridges with federally-recognized Native American tribes connected to Ohio. On Friday, we were visited by tribal citizens of the Seneca-Cayuga, Wyandot, and Delaware tribes. Many of the people who came were members of the Seneca-Cayuga language class, taught by Paul Barton, a Faithkeeper and seated Speaker of the Seneca-Cayuga Longhouse. The group was on their way from their homes in Oklahoma to the Eastern American Indian History Conference
at Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh. While in Columbus, they toured the exhibits at the Ohio History Center and visited the collections storage facility for a behind-the-scenes tour. Some of the kids even had the opportunity to clean artifacts!
The visit was part of a program to build relationships with the Native American communities that were removed from Ohio in the 19th century. The nine tribes historically connected to Ohio are the: Shawnee, Eastern Shawnee, Absentee Shawnee, Wyandotte, Seneca-Cayuga, Ottawa, Delaware, Miami, and Peoria.
During the visit, one of the young children said “nyaweh” or “thank you” to me in the Seneca-Cayuga language, to which I replied “nyoh” or “your welcome”. I would also like to add “welcome home.”
– Sharon Dean, Director of Museum and Library Services
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