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Words of Wisdom

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Brush up on your Mohawk with these inspiring messages from WIOT's Season 3 Knowlede Keepers.

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In this segment, Alex McComber talks about the issue of diabetes amongst our People. He also points out our traditional foods and practices we can rely on to stay nourished and healthy.

Shé:kon sewakwé:kon, Alex McComber ióntiats. Kanien'kehá:ka na'tia'tò:ten tánon Kahnawà:ke nitewaké:non.

Wathretsá:ron tsi niionkwata'karí:te watió'te. Ka'nón:no Brooklyn nón:we wa'katehià:ron, tsi niiosherá:ke ó:nen shikì:teron kèn:'en é:so wa'keweientéhta'ne ónhkha ne Kanien'kehá:ka nè:'e tsi iah ónhkha nè:'e teionkerihonnién:ni shiwakatehiahróntie ne thí:ken tewatatenorónhkwen, tekaié:nen, karihwakweniénston. Sénha watia'tákstehkwe, ákta ne tékeni tewen'niáwe niwatia'tákstehkwe. Shé:kon nòn:wa katekhón:nis tsi nonkwá:ti ne kakhwakarèn:re sewatié:rens.

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Tióhton niwáshen kaié:ri shiiosherò:ten tontáshawen ne kí:ken KSDPP. Nè:'e ioteríhonte ne akaió'tate ne teionekwenshatsikhè:tare ne tósha ahotiié:na ne ratiksa'okòn:'a. Nè:'e karihwaientáhkwen ne sénha kakhwí:ios ahón:neke, sénha ahontia'tahkarí:ioste kon'tatiéshon. Nè:'e iakohretsá:rons tsi iorihowá:nen ne aiakota'karitéhake.

Sok thò:ne onktó:ken'se tsi í:wehre taonkenekwenshatsikhè:tara'ne ià:ia'k niiosherá:ke tsi náhe. Shonsaióhrhen'ne ohrhon'kehnéhkha sha'tekatska'hòn:ne wa'tewákhkwa'te tsi nè:'e í:wehre aontié:na. Kheh í:kete tewakerón:wi tsi nakátiere tánon tsi nahò:ten kékhe, thò:ne ontia'tié:nenhte.

Kwah í:wehre aionkwa'nikonhraién:ta'ne tsi ní:tsi wa'onkwaié:na ne kí:ken wa'onkhiionhwentsáhkhwa, wa'tionkhi'nikonhraté:ni, wa'onkhiia'wéntho ne kí:ken ratihnarà:ken tánon ne kèn:tho Koráhne ne ki' kentskwáksen tsi eh nón:we tontón:ti ne teionekwenshatsikhè:tare tánon takwa'áshon, ne kanonhwarahtónhtshera tánon ne watatia'tatiesáhton. Íhsehre ken ahsenekwenshakwatá:ko? Ó:nen'k tsi tentsitewatáthawe. Ó:nen'k tsi entsitewatatewenní:ioste. Ó:nen'k tsi sha'tentsitewatatenó:ronhkwe.

Ionkwatahkatstá:ton. Aweronhátien wáhi tsi wa'onkwaia'tié:nenhte ne kí:ken wísk tewen'niáwe niiosherá:ke, ó:nen nòn:wa tsitewahní:rats ne onkwatónhnhets tánon tsi niionkwata'karí:te. É:so teka'nikónhrhare tsi nonkwá:ti tsi niionkwata'karí:te tánon tsi niionkwa'nikonhrò:tens, kwah iah tetsitewatorià:nerons.

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Kwah í:kehre nia'té:kon ioiáneres kahá:wi tsi kanénstaien kèn:tho kaná:takon.

Want to talk about wellness in Mohawk? Here are some phrases to learn:

- How you feed your body and mind is really, really important.
- Kwah tokèn:'en iorihowá:nen si ní:tsi senón:tens ne saieròn:ta tánon sa'nikòn:ra.

- It was a source of pride to be able to feed your community.
- Tsi nahotirà:se'se tsi wahatikwé:ni wa'thontátenonte.

- I think our communities really need to make a push towards eating more traditional foods.
- Teiotonhwentsóhon wáhi ne onkwakhwa'ón:we taonsaiákwahkwe tsi niiakwanakerénion.

- It’s part of who we are as a people. We’re hunters and gatherers.
- Nè:'e teiakwà:neren ónhkha nì:'i. Iakwató:rats tánon iakwarò:roks.

- The way our ancestors did.
- Tsi ní:tsi nahatí:iere ne ionkhishothokon'kénha.

Alex is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) of the bear clan. He’s made many contributions to Indigenous healthcare and education, and currently acts as an Advisory Board member, Community Researcher, and Training Facilitator for the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP). You can watch Alex in season 3 of WIOT on APTN.

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