Cherokee Ancestry Focus of History Talk

February 13, 2012

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee History Talk series will kick off in 2012 with a light-hearted look at Cherokee ancestry on Friday, Feb. 24. Gene Norris, senior genealogist with the Cherokee National Historical Society, will present “My Great Grandma was a Cherokee Princess and Other Misconceptions,” which will address a few popular myths about Cherokee ancestry. Norris will address misconceptions people have regarding Native American ancestry in his entertaining and amusing multimedia presentation.  The presentation will employ rock songs, movies, cartoons and other images from pop culture to illustrate these stereotypes.

Norris is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society and the Georgia chapter of the National Trail of Tears Association. He is a board member of the Oklahoma chapter of the National Trail of Tears Association and the Cherokee Arts & Humanities Council. Norris has done genealogical research for 30 years and concentrated on Cherokee genealogy since 1994. Articles he penned have been published in “The Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly,” “The Upper Cumberland Genealogical Society Quarterly,” “The Columns,” which is a Cherokee National Historical Society publication, and “The Goingsnake Messenger Quarterly.” Norris has taught Cherokee Nation history and given presentations at workshops, seminars and conferences on Cherokee history and genealogical research.

Admission to the presentation is free and open to the public. It takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Chambers at the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave. For more information, call 918-453-5389.
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