Mohawk language kept alive

Some Kahnawake folks are working to keep the Mohawk language (Kanien’kéha) alive even though only about 10% of the community speak it fluently.

I’ve been doing some genealogical research for a friend, and have found from time to time records of baptisms and marriages in the 19th and early 20th centuries in which the person has a Mohawk name, in addition to the Europeanized name they were also given. I’ve noticed that in Montreal, Mohawks often went right to the source, and had baptisms done at the cathedral.