Onondaga of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 2,900

ROP3 Code: 107661
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Onondaga - (ono)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

Majority Located Where

  Brantford, ON - 2,000

  Syracuse, NY - 900

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Brief Profile

The Onondaga, meaning the keepers of the central fire and referred to as the People of the Hills, are a Native American people. According to their website, "Onondaga remains the meeting place for the Grand Council of Chiefs, the traditional ruling body for the Haudenosaunee. The Longhouse serves as a place of spiritual, cultural and social activities, the seat of government and symbol of security."

They speak Onondaga which is integral to all aspects of religious, government, political and social life. When they gather the Opening Ritual is performed.

They believe that a Creator gave them their way of life. As such, they value mother earth and see their responsibility to take of mother earth. "Faith Keepers", as they call them, who are both men and women are responsible for performing their ceremonies. They follow the lunar calendar to decide the dates of ceremonies.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Onondaga as they seek to maintain their unique Native American identity.
  • Pray God will work in the lives and hearts of Onondaga people.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesNedrowSyracuseNY900