Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Mohawk Language and Culture courses are being offered at Queen's for the first time in Fall 2012, because of the Department’s close relations to the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and because Queen’s sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Mohawk is an endangered language and the community in Tyendinaga has been working extremely hard to solidify and strengthen the language and create a foundation of speakers. The courses give students rudimentary knowledge of the language and, through an exploration of traditions, philosophies and histories, an understanding of the rich Mohawk culture.

  • wampum

    Wampum was primarily used to make wampum belts by the Iroquois. Wampum belts are used to signify the importance of a specific message being presented.


  • Bay of Quinte

    Bay of Quinte, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory  Source: Wikipedia

  • lacrosse team

    Modern day lacrosse descends from and resembles games played by various Native American communities. These include game called Tewaarathon in Mohawk language ("little brother of war")


  • beadwork

    Beadwork ‘s  patterns and techniques are created and passed down through generations of our grandmothers are still being used today. Source:KARENNASONG Native Flute


  • stop sign in mohawk

    A stop sign in Mohawk language on the Tyendinega Mohawk Territory. Photo Hans Boldt.