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08/16/2018 12:00 PM - Osiyo Training Room

According to current statistics, less than 1% of Cherokee citizens speak the Cherokee language. With such a small percentage of tribal citizens speaking ??? (Cherokee), a program that increases the population of Cherokee speakers on an exponential level is greatly needed. The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program (CLMAP) provides opportunities for individuals to participate in a two year, group Master Apprentice immersion experience, with the expectation of over the course of two years, Language Apprentices receive approximately 3,900 contact hours of Cherokee. Through extended time with Master Cherokee Speakers, language and cultural field trips, Cherokee community involvement, and professional development, Language Apprentices develop the language skills to become Cherokee teachers. Presentation is part of Cherokee Nation’s monthly Lunch & Learn lecture series, held the third Thursday of each month. For more information contact Catherine Gray, Cherokee Nation History & Preservation Officer, at catherine-gray@cherokee.org.

08/14/2018 10:19 AM - Vian,OK

Visiting with our Elders as they recall their childhood and growing up Cherokee. Levada remembers starting to do chores at the age of two, helping her father drag wood. She learned to read her older sisters nursing books and loved singing when she had time to herself. When her mother got sick Levada had to quit school and by the time she returned she was 12. Levada enrolled herself in to the first grade, so she would be able to learn everything she had missed.

08/02/2018 09:27 AM - Tahlequah,OK

Skylar will be entering her senior year this fall and has already taken many classes getting her ready for a possible career helping animals. Even though she does take some hard classes she also loves art and has taken several art classes. She also helped finish painting a mural at the school this year. Skylar has been apart of the Cherokee National Youth Choir since the sixth grade and will spend her last year with the choir this year. She appreciates the experiences she has gotten from traveling and spending time with them. She comes from a strong Cherokee background and is very close with her family and her grandmother spent time teaching her and her family may traditions and values.

07/24/2018 09:25 AM - Muskogee,OK

Keaton is a top student and likes science. The class had a chance to dissect a frog recently and he was also involved in the school science fair this year. Keaton’s way of finding out he was even Native American was by asking his Mom and she is where he gets his heritage. He is not really set on a career, going in to the eighth grade, but would maybe like to be a Cherokee researcher or teacher of our history.

07/24/2018 09:00 AM - Tahlequah,OK

The Cherokee Heritage Center held a Family Day on Saturday July 21st. Families toured Diligwa, the most authentic Cherokee experience in the world based on life in the early 1700s. The kids had the chance to hunt for arrowheads after the tour to take home with them. In Adams Corner Rural Village there was storytelling face painting, tattoo drawing and the buildings were open for touring with the General store providing drinks and popcorn. Flint snapping demonstrations were available and kids had a chance to shoot blowguns. The Cherokee Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization and is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts.

07/19/2018 12:00 PM - Osiyo Training Room

Lawrence Panther, Cherokee Language Translator and Curriculum Developer, gives a history presentation on Sequoyah’s Original Syllabary Order, opposed to the (now) standard syllabary chart, and how it has evolved since it was first invented in the 1820’s

07/06/2018 12:00 AM - Sallisaw,Ok

Visiting with our Elders as the recall the childhood and growing up Cherokee. Fields tells us about growing up during the depression and going to Sequoyah Orphan TrainingSchool after his parents passed. He also talks about the fun times before, like hunting with bean flips and breaking his cow to ride.

06/27/2018 10:00 AM - Tahlequah,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Garrett Tune is a recent graduate of Sequoyah High School and was very involved in school activities and his studies. Family is very important to Garrett and they taught him the Cherokee ways at a young age and he credits his uncles for teaching him and always being there. Garrett wants to become a doctor and work in the emergency room. He has been job shadowing at WW Hastings hospital already learning the ropes. He definitely wants to come back and work for the Cherokee Nation.

06/18/2018 08:00 AM - Hulbert,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Kayla recently graduated from Hulbert High school and she was involved in many clubs at school and was Senior Class President. She also helps out in her community with various programs and she volunteers at the Hulbert Library. She started a new business, Cupcakes by Kayla Renee because of her love for cooking. Kayla says she got her love of cooking from her grandmother. She lives with her grandparents and they spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

06/04/2018 11:13 AM - Hulbert,OK

Visiting with our Elders as they recall their childhood and growing up Cherokee. Jack grew up in McLemore Hollow near Briggs and tells us about playing in the woods and catching crawdads. He also tells about how he would gather traditional foods with his family and knowing when he was in trouble from his father.

06/04/2018 11:04 AM - Tahlequah,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Alayna and her family are very traditional and they spend a lot of time together in church and Sunday family gatherings. Alayna was one of the first Immersion students and recently graduated from Sequoyah High School and was member of the Cherokee National Youth choir .

05/30/2018 09:24 AM - Tahlequah,OK

The Cherokee Nation hosted a send-off ceremony for the ten Cherokee cyclists who left Tahlequah on Tuesday for the 2018 Remember the Removal Bike Ride. The tribe also selected Jennifer Johnson, a 48-year-old Cherokee Nation citizen and Oklahoma City lawyer, as this year’s mentor rider. This marks 180 years since the Trail of Tears and it will be the eleventh Tail of Tears bike ride. The riders will be joined by cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina and start the ride in New Echota, Georgia, on June 3.

05/23/2018 09:36 AM - Akins,OK

Cherokee Nation hosted the Traditional Native Games at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum on Saturday May 19th. This is the thirteenth year for the competition and this year there will be a change to the finals. Hatchet throwing was a big draw this year and there were several competitors trying for the first time. Participants competed against one another in Cherokee marbles, horseshoes, blowgun, corn stalk shoot, and chunkey. In addition to the traditional games, Sequoyah Day was also held at the Sequoyah Cabin Museum. The family friendly event was a day of traditional Cherokee art, music, and activities for the kids.

05/23/2018 09:25 AM - Muskogee,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Traeden is very proud to be Cherokee and has aspirations of becoming Chief one day. He credits his family for instilling the traditions in him even at a young age. Even though he lives in Muskogee now he spends a lot of weekends with his family in Stilwell and likes to help out when he can. Traeden is an eighth grader at Alice Robertson Junior High and attends classes at the New Tech Academy.

05/22/2018 10:00 AM - Osiyo Training Room

Presented by: John Rozell from Cherokee Nation ICW And Brian Wagnon, a Cherokee Foster Parent

05/17/2018 03:24 PM - Oaks,OK

Visiting with our elders as they recall their childhood and growing up Cherokee. George grew up in Black Fox hollow near Little Kansas playing in the woods and swimming in the creek. He tells us about having persimmon fights and making their own bows. George also tells us about an unusual way of hunting for rabbits with his father.

05/17/2018 12:00 PM - Osiyo Training Room

Brad Wagnon, Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach, will give a history presentation on Cherokee Nation and the American Civil War. Using family stories and primary source documents, Brad’s presentation will explore the life of everyday Cherokees during the war. Attendees will learn the struggles and triumphs of Cherokee people as they braved what many in past have called “a war within a war.”

05/04/2018 09:22 AM - Stilwell,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Lauren is very active in her classes and school activities and is taking concurrent classes at Northeastern State University. She didn’t grow up in a traditional Cherokee family,but she started to learn more after she began running with the Cherokee Nation WINGS club and going on field trips. Lauren does a lot to help out in the community through Student Council activities and she has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a freshman.

04/19/2018 12:00 PM - Osiyo Training Room

Presenter: Jason Church Materials Conservator at the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Jason Church, materials conservator at the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, will discuss the importance of preserving historic cemeteries and the best practices and skills for cleaning and conserving cemetery gravestones and monuments.

04/04/2018 10:25 AM - Tahlequah,OK

Over 700 area students attended the Cherokee Territory Days recently at the Cherokee Heritage Center. The students had the opportunity to spend an interactive day learning about the Cherokee arts, language and lifestyles of the 1890s. The annual educational event features a variety of hands-on learning activities for public, private and home-schooled children grades K-12. Students also had the chance to try their hand at cultural games such as blow gun shooting, stickball, and marbles. Cultural stations were located throughout the grounds to introduce students to the art of Cherokee pottery making, basket weaving, and finger weaving.

04/04/2018 10:18 AM - Stilwell,OK

Visiting with our Elders as they recall their childhood and growing up Cherokee. Madeleine grew up in Bell, USA as she calls it and she grew up in a big family. They had to make their toys from things they found and she had trouble learning english when she started school, but she learned.

04/03/2018 09:22 AM - Tahlequah,OK

Garret was in the third grade before he realized what being Cherokee really meant. Now that he is a sophomore, he feels strongly about being a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Garret is the sophomore class president,he is involved in student council and has been selected to be apart of the National Honor Society. He gets his heritage form his mothers side of the family and they spend lots of time together listening to stories about his grandfather.

03/15/2018 12:00 PM - Osiyo Training Room

One of the five women featured in Cherokee Nation’s exhibit “Cherokee Women Who Changed the World,” Winnie Guess-Perdue will join us for a special presentation to share her extraordinary journey. Winnie Guess-Perdue is a direct descendant of Sequoyah and an accomplished ballerina, fancy dancer, and artist. A lifetime athlete, Winnie is a Race Walker and Leg Press Gold and Silver medalist competing in the Oklahoma Senior Olympics and the National Senior Games. In 2002, she competed in Melbourne, Australia at the World Masters Games and in 2004, was named Oklahoma’s Senior Athlete of the Year. Winnie is one of 2-3 females in history to have mastered the old school traditional version of the Hoop Dance and is recognized as an honored elder of early female “fancy dancers.” In addition to numerous awards and honors, Winnie was a finalist in the 1957 Miss Indian America competition, received the Moscelyn Larkin Greater Tulsa Lifetime of Cultural Achievement Award in 2008, and in 2015 she accepted the Oral Roberts University Lifetime of Global Achievement Award. She is a member of the Gillies at the Gilcrease Museum, former Board member of the Cherokee Heritage Center, and serves on the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission. Winnie has also performed on numerous television shows, including the Ed Sullivan Show and Today Show.

03/13/2018 09:14 AM - Chelsea,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. This busy senior is class president, Vice president of National Technical Honor Society she is a Teachers aide, Secretary/Reporter of Student Council just to name a few groups she is involved at school. Allison gets her Cherokee Heritage from her grandfathers. She was not really raised knowing she was Cherokee, but after Allison got older she learned from school and camps.

03/07/2018 09:03 AM - Stilwell,OK

Visiting with our Elders as they recall their childhood and growing up Cherokee. Jerry tells us about learning to behave after being chased with a switch and hiding in a tree. He also talks about making toys out of old tires and wagon wheel rims. When he started school he only spoke Cherokee and his teacher taught him to speak English.

02/27/2018 09:24 AM - Tahlequah,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Katelyn comes from a long line of strong Cherokees who have been apart of art, history, community and the administration. She started college courses at the beginning of her junior year at Sequoyah. When she begins her full time college career she will be sophomore. Her dream is to be in musical theatre in college working her way on to the professional stage singing, dancing, and acting. She has been training since she was young.

02/15/2018 12:00 PM - Osiyo Training Room

Omar Reed, Historical Interpreter at Fort Gibson Historic Site, will discuss the role African Americans played during the American Civil War in Indian Territory. His presentation will focus on the historical significance of the First Kansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was the first black regiment to be organized in the Union Army and the first black unit to see combat during the Civil War. Presentation is part of Cherokee Nation’s monthly Lunch & Learn lecture series. For more information contact Catherine Foreman-Gray, Cherokee Nation History & Preservation Officer, at catherine-gray@cherokee.org

02/09/2018 12:47 PM - Bell,OK

Visiting with our Elders as they recall their childhood and growing up Cherokee. Leona grew up South of Stilwell Oklahoma. She was a teenager before she made her first trip to town and Cherokee was the language spoken in her family. They did not have toys, so they made up games to play.

02/05/2018 10:39 AM - Stilwell,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Chad has been splitting his time at high school and taking six hours at Northeastern State University. He has been taking a Calculus 3 course, which is in no way easy, but he says he just gets it. He is also involved in skeet and trap shooting, which he says help him with his hunting ability. There is not much time to hunt between school and helping on the farm.

01/18/2018 12:00 PM - Osiyo Training Room

Presented by: Matt Anderson, Cultural Specialist for Cherokee Nation Early Cherokees had stories of an ancient priesthood society that existed among them before European contact. This priesthood society is similar to the mound builder societies that existed during the Mississippian era. Matt Anderson, Cultural Specialist for Cherokee Nation, will discuss the connection between the Cherokee and these ancient mound builder societies. Part of Cherokee Nation’s monthly Lunch & Learn lecture series. For more information contact Catherine Foreman-Gray, Cherokee Nation History & Preservation Officer, at catherine-gray@cherokee.org.

01/08/2018 01:09 PM - Tahlequah,OK

Young and Cherokee, is a series spotlighting examples of young people embracing the culture and the legacy of the Cherokee Nation. Kortni has grown up with a Cherokee influence from her family and later learning more in school. Kortni takes concurrent classes at Sequoyah and Northeastern State University. She started her college courses in her sophomore year. Kortni became a member of the Tribal Youth Council and wants to help make changes during her tenure. She would also like to help start a program that teaches students what to expect before college.

01/08/2018 01:01 PM - Stilwell,OK

Visiting with our Elders as they recall their childhood and growing up Cherokee. Louise is the youngest of ten children who grew up in the Cherry Tree area south of Stilwell. She recalls riding stick horses with her younger brother and rolling tires. She also tells us how they stored their milk and butter in a hole in the ground.

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