In the heart of what is often called the "Finger Lakes Region" of "upstate New York," there's a lake called "Cayuga." The places referred to by these names, however, have other, much older names given by their indigenous inhabitants. Names that have been remembered through centuries of adversity.
A unique language and culture were born in this place over many hundreds of years, as generations of humans found sustenance and medicine in local ecosystems and cultivated long-term relationships with plants that they brought to the area, such as corn and beans, and with wild plants and animals that had been thriving here since the end of the most recent ice age. These people followed paths of their ancestors along gorge rims and lake shores and through cultivated fields and deep forests as they settled the first human villages in this abundant landscape. These were and are the "Cayuga" people who call both themselves and their language Gayogohó:nǫ7
The Gayogohó:nǫ7 are one of the Six Nations of the Hodihnohso:nih (Haudenosaunee, sometimes called "Iroquois"), and they still call this place home. Despite many challenges, the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ7 community is doing everything it can to keep this rich and deeply-rooted culture alive in this place that is central to their identity.
This website is intended as a gathering place for resources relating to the traditional Gayogohó:nǫ7 culture, language and community -- to make these resources available to anyone who wants to learn. It is a work in progress. We hope to expand it with community input. This is just the surface of the rich Gayogohó:nǫ7 culture!