Cornhusk doll making taught by Tonya Dockery will begin at 10 a.m. on April 1. The fee is $15, and class size is limited to 15 to 18 people.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian enrolled citizens Mary Brown and Gil Jackson will teach a Cherokee language class from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 3. The cost is $50 for four consecutive classes to be held on Monday evenings.
Sharon Ensminger will teach a finger weaving class from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 22 by. Cost is $25. Participants are asked to bring a small box and two skeins of heavy weight yarn of different colors (one light, one dark) and a bag lunch. Class size is limited to 15 people.
EBCI citizen Mary Thompson will teach a Cherokee basket weaving class from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 29. The cost of the class is $20 plus the cost of materials. Students should call for list of needed materials to bring to class. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. Class size limited to 12 people.
The event provides participants with the tools to research their ancestry with Cherokee historical records and features a variety of discussion topics, including historical events before and after the removal, inter-tribal relationships and advancements in social media and its effect on genealogy research.
Participants will also learn about various CN records available online as well as resources available in their local area for Cherokee ancestry research.
A discount is given to those who register before June 3. Pre-registration is $60 for Cherokee National Historical Society members and $75 for nonmembers. The deadline is June 3. Registrations after June 3 are $70 for CNHS members and $85 for nonmembers.
The Cherokee Ancestry Conference will be held in the Osiyo Room at the Tribal Complex. It is located at 17725 S. Muskogee Ave. in the same building as Restaurant of the Cherokees.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host Cherokee Days at the museum, which is free to attend.
“We have established an excellent partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian that annually celebrates the shared history and heritage of the Cherokee people,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “This event is a unique showcase and educational opportunity focused on our tribal lifeways. Our artisans, culture keepers and historians from the federally recognized governments of the Cherokee are able to come together as family and share our rich story that is so prominent in America’s history.”
Cherokee Days shares the history of the Cherokees through a timeline exhibit, live cultural art demonstrations and cultural performances. Among the art demonstrations are pottery making, basket weaving, carving and textiles.
“You will learn the tribal stories of the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee. Our history is interwoven in the stories of survival, enrichment and the golden years,” UKB Principal Chief Joe Bunch said. “Cherokee Days at the Smithsonian promises to be a highly informative and enlightening learning experience. We have a wonderful opportunity to share our unique story and our culture with thousands of visitors in Washington, D.C.”
“It’s our old traditional Cherokee style of weaving, and I am trying to teach it to others,” she said. “I’ve been weaving for approximately 45 years, since I was 13. My mother taught me, and she was also a (Cherokee) National Treasure. Her name was Betty Scraper Garner.”
Cottrell, of Flint Ridge, said for the past four or five years she has been studying river cane – how to split it, peel it and dye it – as her Cherokee ancestors did in the old Cherokee Nation in eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia and western North Carolina. There the cane was abundant along the region’s many rivers.
Her home is near the Illinois River, which allows her to walk to the river to gather cane and other basket-making materials.
“And over that time I’ve also been weaving it, and once I felt comfortable...then I was able to pass that on. It was very important for me...to pass that knowledge on to others,” she said.
This years theme is “Indian Givers: Indigenous Inspirations,” and the event will include the return of the NSU Powwow.
According to the symposium’s website, the symposium “will focus on the many ways in which American Indians have contributed to mainstream, western culture through art, literature, government and other areas of the humanities.”
The symposium’s film series will kick off the week with two screenings. “Violet” will be shown at 6 p.m. on April 10 and “Medicine Woman” will be shown at 6 p.m. on April 11, both in the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center’s auditorium.
The opening ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. on April 12 where the Native American Student Association will welcome guests with comments from Center for Tribal Studies Director Sara Barnett and NASA President and Cherokee Nation citizen Jacob Chavez.
For further information about the event, please contact the Language Program at (918) 453-5151; John Ross at (918) 453-6170; or Roy Boney Jr. (918) 453-5487.
Tsalagi aniwonisgi unadatlugv dodvnatlosi Nvgineiga Anvyi 9, 2017, ganvsulvi 12:30 p.m. adalenisgi 4 p.m. igohida. Na anitsalagi tsunalisdayetiyi tsigotlv unaditli wayvsdi onadilvyvi utani kanvsula dodvnatlosi. Nanivanitsalagi aniwonisgi otsitayohiha uniluhisdii. Alisdayvdi ayohisdi yodulia. Dodayotsadatlisani aledodayotsalisdayvna hilutsvi.
Ugodesdi tsadulihesdi tsadelayohisdi hiina wigehiyadvdi: Tsalagi Gawonihisdi Unadotlvsv (918) 453-5151; John Ross (918) 453-6170; or Roy Boney Jr. (918) 453-5487.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᏙᏛᎾᏠᏏ ᏅᎩᏁᎢᎦ ᎠᏅᏱ 9, 2017, ᎦᏅᏑᎸᎢ 12:30pm ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ 4pm ᎢᎪᎯᏓ. Ꮎ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏘᏱ ᏥᎪᏢ ᎤᎾᏗᏟ ᏩᏴᏍᏗ ᎣᎾᏗᎸᏴᎢ ᎤᏔᏂ ᎧᏅᏑᎸ ᏙᏛᎾᏠᏏ. ᎾᏂᎥ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎣᏥᏔᏲᎯᎭ ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᎠᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵᎠ. ᏙᏓᏲᏣᏓᏟᏌᏂ ᎠᎴᏙᏓᏲᏣᎵᏍᏓᏴᎾ ᎯᎷᏨᎢ.
ᎤᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᏣᏚᎵᎮᏍᏗ ᏣᏕᎳᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎯᎢᎾ ᏫᎨᎯᏯᏛᏗ: ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ (918) 453-5151; John Ross (918) 453-6170; or Roy Boney Jr. (918) 453-5487.
The summit will run concurrently with NSU’s annual Symposium of the American Indian. The summit’s theme is “Breaking the Inhibitions” and topics will focus on overcoming inhibitions that stand in the way of successful language learning among tribal communities, challenges of creating adequate social spaces for language learners and dealing with generational trauma caused by government policies that suppressed Indigenous languages.
The keynote speaker for the summit will be Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, professor of linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington and National Science Foundation Program Director for Documenting Endangered Languages.
Entry to all summit sessions is free and open to the public. However, due to limited seating, attendance for the keynote luncheon will be capped at 70 attendees. Tickets are required for entry to the keynote. Tickets will be $20 each and include a BBQ buffet meal.
Melanie Frye, Seminole Nation language education specialist and president of the Inter-Tribal Council Language Committee, said she encourages all who can to attend.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏘ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᏅᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎮᏍᏗ ᏔᎵ ᎢᎦ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎧᏬᏂ 12-17 ᎧᎴᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬᎢ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᏧᎳᎭᎢ ᏓᎢᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ NSU’s ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ ᏥᏓᎾᏠᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᏕᎦᏃᏣᏢᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎨᏎᏍᏗ “ᎠᏲᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᏕᎰᏍᎬᎢ” ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎾᏓᎵᏁᎯᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏕᎰᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᎢᎬᏱᏗᏢ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒᎢ, ᎠᏓᏁᏄᎸᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏅᏗᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᎠᏟᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ Ꮎ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎦᏛᎴᏏᏙᎲᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏗᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏐᎭᎾᎳᏛᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏴᎢ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᏏᏙᎯ ᎥᎿ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎦᎾᎦᏘ Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ University of Texas at Arlington ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ Science Foundation ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᏓᏎᎮᎯ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᏂᏍᏂᎪᏗᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏲᎱᏎᎲᎢ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ.
ᎥᎿᏃ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏎᏭᏃ ᎠᏴᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏎᏍᏗ ᎦᎪᏊ ᎡᏪᏓᏍᏗ. ᎠᏗᎾ, ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᏗᎾ Ꮓ ᎠᎦᏲᏢᏃ ᎤᏟᏅᏛ ᎠᎵᏍᏛᏡᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯᏃ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 70 ᎢᏳᏂᏨᎢ ᏗᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. ᎪᏪᎵᏃ ᎠᏈᏱᏍᎩ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎦᏁᏍᏗ ᎩᎳ ᎬᏴᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ. ᎪᏪᎵᏃ ᎠᏈᏱᏍᎩ $20 ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏕᏍᏗ BBQ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ.
Melanie Frye, ᏏᎻᏃᎵ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ Inter-ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎦᏂᎳᏕᎰᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᏗᎦᏤᎵᏃ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᏚᎵᏍᎨᏗᏴᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎦᏂᏱᏍᎪᎢ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏱᎦᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭᎢ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᎢᏍᏗᎢ. ᏗᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᎦᎵᏍᎪᏟᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᏗᎦᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ, ᎢᎬᏌ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ, ᏱᎦᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏕᎦᏁᏟᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏕᏲᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭᎢ ᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏧᏓᎴᎿᎢᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎨᎦᏓᏁᎳᏁᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ. ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎩᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᎵᏏᏅᏙᏗ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏙᏣᏠᏏᎢᎭ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᏗᎬᏁᏗᎢ ᏂᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᏟᏱᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎩᏲᎱᏎᎲᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᏲᎦᏚᎳ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏍᎩᏰᎳᏕᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ 2017 Inter-ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏓᏂᎳᏫᎬᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Frye.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏲᏚᎵᎠ, ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏱᏫᏅᏏ Teresa Workman, ᏥᎦᏌᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᏗᎫᏔᏂᏙᎯ, ᏴᏩᏘ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ email@example.com ᎠᎴᏱᎩ Melanie Frye ᎥᎿ ᏴᏩᏘ firstname.lastname@example.org. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎦᏃᏣᏢᏍᎦ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎡᎳᏗᎦᏟᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏴᏩᏘ www.fivecivilizedtribes.org. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏎᎯᏍᏗ ᏴᎪᏪᎸᎥᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏁᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ “ITC ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ.” ᎧᏃᎯᏍᏗᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏎᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏱ ᎢᎦ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᏈᏴᎲᎢ ᎪᎯᏳᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏛᎢᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ.
– Translated by David Crawler
Tickets for the traditional meal can be purchased on site for $10; lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. People can come and browse and bid on silent auction items from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
NSU takes great pride in its history and connection to American Indian education. Once dedicated to the education of Cherokee women, the institution currently has now enrolled more than 2,800 American Indian students. With this, comes a greater responsibility to provide opportunities for cultural enrichment, for both the students and the greater Tahlequah community.
Each year, the Center for Tribal Studies works in collaboration with offices such as the Center for Women’s Studies, the Sequoyah Institute and Diversity and Inclusion to offer programming related to our American Indian culture. These events include the Annual Symposium on the American Indian and a series of events in November in honor of American Indian Heritage Month.
For more information on upcoming programming, including the symposium, which runs April 17-22, contact the Center for Tribal Studies at 918-444-4350 or email@example.com.
Baker was honored with the Outstanding Tribal Leader Award. According to the GTIAF program, Baker has devoted much of his life in service to the Cherokee people and CN.
“He spent 12 years as a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council and was elected Principal Chief in 2011 and reelected in 2015,” the program states. “He has spearheaded historic changes in the Cherokee Nation government. He recently oversaw the first Hunting and Fishing Compact with the state, which allows Cherokee Nation citizens to hunt and fish anywhere in Oklahoma.”
Baker wasn’t present for the award ceremony, but CN Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. accepted it on his behalf and said Baker was humbled to be awarded by the GTIAF.
“It was an honor to represent Chief Baker and Cherokee Nation. Chief’s leadership in preserving and protecting our language and culture is admirable. The Greater Tulsa Indian Arts Festival is a great cultural asset to the entire region as well,” Hoskin Jr. said.