Endangered Americans is a self-initiated documentary about the Seneca Nation and their struggle to preserve an endangered language in the modern world.
Through a series of interviews with members of the Nation from a variety of age groups, this film explains the link between linguistic preservation and cultural survival, the consequences of losing a language, and what efforts are being done to keep it alive.
The purpose of the film is to contribute to this effort by helping to digitize more accessible information about this dwindling Native American language, for both the American public and future generations of Seneca.
is the Seneca word for themselves, translating to "Hill Place" people. The Seneca or Onöñda'gega', are one of the original five constituent nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy. The majority live near or on reservations in Upstate New York, but many also live in Ontario, Canada, and Oklahoma.