Onödawáʼga:ʼ  or  ˀOnɔtawáˀka:ˀ
   "People of the Great Hill"
   Gayógwe:onöʼ  or  
   "People of the Great Swamp and of the pipe"
Before 1792, a group of Seneca's left the state of New York and moved west to the Sandusky  River in Ohio. They formed their own political system making them completely separate from their New York counterpart. By 1830 it was reported, the Senecas, were 520 strong, composing of Cayugas, Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, and Seneca's. The Tribe laid claim to 117,000 acres. They relinquished most of their lands in Ohio with the signing of the Treaty of Greeneville. In 1831, the Seneca's surrender their remaining lands in Ohio under the terms of the Treaty of Lewistown.

The site was named: "Ganyáhdę" (also Kanyátɛ:h) and means "Turtle" or in particular "Snapping Turtle" in the native Seneca language. The turtle, in general, is an ancient symbol of the earth to our people and appears in our "creation" lore. It is also serves as the symbol for one of our clans. Turtles are associated with stability, loyalty, dependability and persistence. These are the principles behind our site.

Nya:wëh sgë:nö’ (I'm thankfull you are well)