WHAT IS JUNIATA?
The word Juniata is attributed to the Onojutta-Haga native Americans whom once lived along the Juniata River. Onojutta-Haga is pronounced Ooh-nee-o oh-ah-tah Hah-gah and has been translated to mean the People of the Standing Stone. When the European explorers found the Onojutta-Haga Indians, they named the river which they lived along after them, but with a word that was a bit easier to pronounce; the Juniata River. The word Juniata has since been used to name a college in Huntingdon County, a county in central PA, a rock formation and numerous areas within the Juniata River watershed.
Mr. Hartman has a long history with the Juniata River and Juniata College. The Little Juniata River which stretches from Altoona to Petersburg is where he learned how to fly fish and still guides on these waters. Juniata College is where his maternal grandparents met, where his parents met, where his father first began teaching philosophy, and where he obtained his degree in Geology. And both of his children will attend Juniata Valley School District. So, Juniata is a word with a rich history in Pennsylvania and Mr. Hartman's life.