Karihwanoron Kanienkeha Owenna Tsi Ionteriwaienstahkwa
Karihwanoron is a Mohawk Language program open to all children of the community, operated and maintained by parents and Entity.
Karihwanoron is an alternative learning environment where the children are immersed in a home-environment, operated around the traditional festivals and ceremonies.
Karihwanoron gives children the opportunity to learn Mohawk (Onkwehonwe'neha) in home-like surroundings through means of natural daily activities, i.e.; nature walks, communication with elders, learning traditional songs, dance, ceremonies etc.
Karihwanoron also includes the necessary academics needed to move forward to the high school level at each child’s individual pace.
Our unique program began in the fall of 1988 by a small group of parents who wanted to provide an alternative Mohawk education for their children, offering Language and Culture.
These parents were and still are believers in the Language and Culture. They felt that in order to speak and think Kanienkeha/onkwehonwe'neha, a child should begin hearing the Language when Language development begins... around the age of two years and younger.
Karihwanoron is currently located on Mohawk Trail road in Kahnawake.
Karihwanoron was the first Mohawk Immersion Program in the community to accept children beginning at the age of two years (now 18 months), whom were not eligible for tuition through any government.
Karihwanoron parents are dedicated to the children, the Language and the Culture for the future generations to come and are willing to do the necessary fundraising to keep their children immersed in such a unique Language Program.
Since 2017, Karihwanorons 18-47 month old program has been temporarily housed at Averys Playhouse / the Step by Step Child and Family center, keeping the home environment atmosphere surroundings and teachings. Karihwanoron is very grateful for all the assistance that Step by Step has given our little program over the years. We still await for our own home in order to bring our babies back together with the rest of the program!
We have now started a building fund, most of our donations go towards a future HOME!
P.O Box 1439
Kahnawake Mohawk Territory
KARIHWANORON MOHAWK IMMERSION