http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgCherokee Nation citizen Mike Dart, center, receives a plaque from Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden for being named a 2017 Cherokee National Treasure during the Cherokee National Holiday. Also shown, from left to right, are Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Mike Dart, center, receives a plaque from Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden for being named a 2017 Cherokee National Treasure during the Cherokee National Holiday. Also shown, from left to right, are Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller. COURTESY

Hummingbird, Dart named Cherokee National Treasures

Cherokee Nation citizen Jesse Hummingbird, center, holds a plaque he received for being named a 2017 Cherokee National Treasure during the Cherokee National Holiday. Also shown are Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Jesse Hummingbird, center, holds a plaque he received for being named a 2017 Cherokee National Treasure during the Cherokee National Holiday. Also shown are Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller. COURTESY
BY STAFF REPORTS
09/08/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – During the 65th annual Cherokee National Holiday, Cherokee Nation citizens Mike Dart and Jesse Hummingbird were named this year’s Cherokee National Treasures, an honor given by the tribe for keeping Cherokee art and culture alive.

Dart, of Stilwell, and Hummingbird, of Phoenix, received Cherokee National Treasure medals and plaques from Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden during an awards banquet hosted at Sequoyah High School.

Dart received the Cherokee National Treasure honor for his ability to produce Southeastern-style baskets from traditional materials. At age 16, Dart began weaving traditional honeysuckle, buckbrush and wood splint baskets. Largely self-taught, Dart works to preserve and share the basketry tradition with fellow Cherokees.

In 2016, he exhibited a replica of a large traditional burden basket woven of hand-split oak and hickory at the Chickasaw Nation’s Artesian Art Market. The piece was awarded best of show and featured in the book “Oklahoma Cherokee Baskets.”

“I have few words to describe how I feel other than honored and humbled,” Dart wrote in a Facebook post. “The possibility (of being named a Cherokee National Treasure) has always been in the back of my mind, however, I always figured that if I was to be designated that it would be at a much later date. If my health and the good Lord will it, I will have many years ahead of me with this title over my head…I feel motivated to push on, do much higher quality work so that I can represent our tribe well in art markets local and abroad. I promise that I will always do my best to behave in a manor befitting a national treasure, to treat people with the utmost of respect that all human beings deserve. And I will always, as long as my health allows, teach those who desire to learn from me so that our art of basketry, that has continued nonstop since pre-contact, will continue well past my time on this earth.”

A painter, graphic artist and commercial illustrator, Hummingbird received the honor of Cherokee National Treasure for working to keep traditional Cherokee art alive. Born in Tahlequah, Hummingbird later attended high school in Nashville, Tennessee. He refined his skills as an artist within programs in various institutions, including the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Hummingbird became a full-time artist in 1983. His paintings depict Cherokee and wider Native American themes. He also produces mixed-media masks, giclée reproductions and children’s book illustrations. Among other accomplishments, Hummingbird’s work won a fellowship award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Indian Market.

“It was a surprise, and I was really speechless whenever I found out,” Hummingbird said. “I’m 65-and-a-half years old, and I’ve been doing my art for over 30-something years, and I just figured living the way I do it would never happen to me. My hometown is Tahlequah, and I was involved in Cherokee arts when I was back there. I have some deep roots out there.”

Baker said the Cherokee National Treasures preserve and advance critical elements of tribal culture.

“We will always honor these men and women because they ensure unique Cherokee knowledge is conserved for future generations,” he said. “Mike and Jesse absolutely deserve this special honor, along with our deepest respect for their expertise in their respective art disciplines.”

Other Cherokee Awards

Cherokee Nation officials also honored the following tribal citizens and organizations that made significant contributions for statesmanship, patriotism, community leadership and devotion to the tribe:

Statesman Award

• Julie Eddy Rokala
• Todd Hembree
• Becky Hobbs
• Chuck Hoskin
• Angela Jones
• Jack Nelson Kingfisher (posthumously)

Patriotism Award

• Shannon Buhl
• Tim Carter
• Leah Duncan
• Joe Rainwater
• Crosslin Fields Smith
• Curtis Snell
• Joe Thornton

Community Leadership Award – Individual

• Ryan Dirteater
• Roberta Springwater Gibson
• David Hampton
• Regina Ross Trainor
• Debra West

Community Leadership Award – Organization

• Cherokees of New Mexico
• Cherokee Cornstalk Shooters Society
• Cherokee National Youth Choir
• Cherokee Medicine Keepers
• Remember the Removal Bike Ride

Samuel Worcester Award for devotion to Cherokee Nation

• Dr. James Lewis
• Shawn Slaton
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᎢᏗᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᎦᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ Mike Dart ᎠᎴ Jesse Hummingbird ᎨᎦᏑᏰᏎ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅᎢ, ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏓᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎬᏩᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᎯᎵᏒ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛᏃ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ.

Dart, ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎡᎯ ᎠᎴ Hummingbird, Phoenix ᎡᎯ, ᎨᏣᎵᎡᎵᏍᏓᏁ ᏧᎾᏯᎸᏗ ᏕᎬᏩᏂᏁᎴᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏫᎵ ᏣᏂ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ Ꮝ. ᏦᏩ ᏗᎬᎩᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏓᎴᏁ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏉᏲ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏥᏚᎾᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏅᎢ.

Dart ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᏥᎸᏉᏔᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎦᎾᏮ ᏗᎦᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏥᏓᏃᏢᏍᎪ ᎢᏧᏍᏓ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏕᎪᏢᏍᎬ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎤᏅᏓᏂᏗᏍᏗ ᏕᎦᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᏓᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏗ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᏕᎪᏢᏍᎬ ᎬᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎬᏃᏌᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏢᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏓᎸᏗ ᏕᎬᏗᏍᎬ ᏕᎪᏢᏍᎬ ᏔᎷᏣ. ᏭᎪᏛᏃ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎤᏓᏕᏲᏅ, ᎠᏂᏐᎢᏃ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏕᎨᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᎥᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᏅᏗ ᏧᏃᏢᏗᎢ. 2016 ᏥᎨᏒ, ᎠᏂᏥᎩᏌ ᏛᏆ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲᎢ ᏫᏚᎪᏩᏛᏓᏁ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎳᎷᏣ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏓᎸᏗ ᎤᏩᏛᏅᎢ. ᎥᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏓᏤᏢ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏎ ᎾᏃ ᎪᏪᎵ “ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎷ ᏧᏃᏢᏅ ᏣᎷᏣ” ᏧᏙᎢᏛ ᏚᏂᏃᏣᏝᏁᎢ.

“ᎦᏲᎵᏊ ᎢᎧᏁᏨ ᏱᏥᏃᎲᎳ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏛᏗᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏏᏃ ᎾᎿ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎾᏋᏁᎲ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎤᎧᏛ ᎪᏪᎳ ᎤᏬᏪᎳᏁ. “ᏳᏓᎵᎭ ᎦᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎬᎦᏑᏰᏍᏗ (ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅᎢ) ᎤᎬᏳᎵ ᎠᏎᏍᎦᏂ ᎤᏩᎦᏗᏗᏒ ᎩᎳ ᏲᎬᎦᏑᏯᎩ ᎨᎵᏍᎬᎢ. ᏙᎯ ᏱᎾᏆᏛᎿᏕᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᎳᏅᎯ ᎣᏏ ᎤᏰᎸᏅ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏛ ᎢᎪᎯᏗ ᏯᎦᏒᎦᏟ ᎯᎢᎾ ᏨᎦᏑᏯᎩ. ᎥᏍᎩᏃᏅ ᏛᎦᏌᏙᏱ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎠᏬᏢᏅᏗ ᏥᏌᎳᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎩᏂᎳᏍᏓᎸᎢ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎨᏙᎵᏙᎲᎢ. ᏥᏚᏍᏗᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏆᏕᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᏕᏗ ᏥᎨᏐᎢ ᎠᎴᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎦᏥᏰᎵᏎᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏂᎬ ᎠᏁᎯ. ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏃ, ᏙᎯ ᎾᏆᏛᎿᏕᎨᏍᏗ, ᎬᏆᏕᎶᏆᎡᏗ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᎭ ᎦᏥᏰᏲᎲᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎢᎦᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎠᏏ ᎠᏂᏐ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᏂᎷᎬᎾ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ, ᎾᏃ ᏂᎬᎯᎵᏎᏍᏗ ᎪᎯᏗ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎡᎶᎯ.”

ᏗᏑᏫᏍᎩ, ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩᏃ, ᏩᎴᎷ ᎥᏍᏊ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏎ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅᎢ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎬᏩᎵ. ᏓᎵᏆ ᎤᏕᏅ ᎤᏩᎦᏗᏗᏒ Nashville, Tennessee ᏫᏚᏕᎶᏆᎡᎢ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᏭᏕᎶᏆᎡ ᏧᏣᏘᎾ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, American Academy ᏧᏙᎢᏛ Chicago ᏍᎦᏚᎩ. ᏩᎴᎷᏃ ᎥᏍᎩᏯᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎢᏛᏁ ᎨᏎ 1983 ᏂᏛᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ. ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏃ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏐ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᎾᏃ ᏗᎳᎬᏚᎶ ᏕᎪᏢᏍᎪᎢ, ᎩᎵ ᏧᎾᏙᎢᏛ ᎤᎾᏓᎽᎩ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ. ᏗᏐᎢᏃ ᏚᏓᏠᏒ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏅᏗᏍᎬ, ᏩᎴᎷ ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ Southwestern Association ᏧᎾᏙᎢᏛ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏎ ᏫᏓᏤᏢ ᎨᏎ ᏂᎩᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏂᎬ ᏗᏁᎲ ᏧᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎯ.”ᎠᎦᏍᏆᏂᎪᏒ, ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎰᏩ ᎬᎩᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᎰᏏ,” ᎠᏗ ᏩᎴᎷ. ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎢᏯᏆᏕᏘᏴᏗ, ᏦᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏗ ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᎢᎪᎯᏛ ᏂᏗᎦᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎪ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᏥᎨ Ꮭ ᎢᎸᎯᏳ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᏂᎬᏩᎵᏍᏓᏏ ᏱᎨᎵᏍᎨᎢ. ᏓᎵᏆᏰᏃ ᏗᏇᏅᏒ ᏙᎨᏒ, ᎤᎿᏃ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᎾᏟᎶᏍᏗᎲ ᏕᎦᎵᎶᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎿᎾ ᏥᎨᎥᎢ. ᎭᏫᏂᏳ ᏫᏓᎩᎿᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎤᎿᎾᎢ.”

“ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏰᏃ ᏙᏥᎸᏉᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎯᎾᎾ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎦᏙᎥᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏐ ᎣᏂ ᏥᏛᎾ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᏗ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᏍᎩ. ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏔᏅ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎦ Mike ᎠᎴ Jesse ᎨᎦᏑᏰᏗ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ.”

– TRANSLATED BY DENNIS SIXKILLER

Multimedia

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
05/22/2018 04:00 PM
AKINS – Visitors to the first “Sequoyah Day” event held May 20 experienced all things Cherokee such as art, music, lectures, performances, demonstrations and National Treasures all on the grounds of the historic Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum where the Cherokee syllabary creator lived. “This is a chance to celebrate Sequoyah’s life and his legacy,” Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Director Travis Owens said. “We’ve had a flute-playing performance, the Cherokee National Youth Choir performed. We had the Girty Family Singers and presenters on our language today.” Others attending the event included Cherokee National Treasures Lorene Drywater and David Scott, as well as Cherokee artists Roy Boney, Jeff Edwards and Mary HorseChief. Tribal Councilors Bryan Warner and E.O. Junior Smith, and 2017-18 Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller also attended. Another highlight was the Traditional Native Games competition. CN citizen and games coordinator Bayly Wright said “Sequoyah Day” was a great place to hold Cherokee marbles, cornstalk shoot, horseshoes, blowgun, a hatchet throw and chunky competitions. “Today is the second of the five competitions leading up to the championships, which will be held on Aug. 25, the weekend before the Cherokee National Holiday,” she said. For more information on cultural events, visit <a href="http://www.visitcherokeenation.com" target="_blank">www.visitcherokeenation.com</a> or call 1-877-779-6977.
BY KENLEA HENSON
Reporter
05/18/2018 08:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – Every year on May 7 the Descendants of the Cherokee Seminaries Students Organization hold its annual reunion at Northeastern State University where it awards two NSU students with scholarships. This year’s recipients were Cherokee Nation citizens Bryley Hoodenpyle and Marilyn Tschida. Both students received a $1,000 scholarship based on their GPAs, activities and interviews. Hoodenpyle said her fourth great-grandmother’s aunt and two cousins attended the Cherokee Male and Female seminaries, which she discovered through online research and NSU’s archives. She said after college she plans to attend NSU’s optometry school. “It means a lot to me to receive this scholarship just because this university has given so much to me and has helped me grow personally,” Hoodenpyle said. “NSU has developed me as a student and as a leader so its really awesome to me that my family played a part in that story however many years ago.” Tschida is an education graduate student and plans to graduate in December. She said she found her grandmother’s name in the Cherokee Female Seminary roll book in NSU’s archives and decided to apply for the scholarship. “I am really proud to accept it, I think she would be very proud for me to have gotten something on her behalf,” Tschida said. On May 7, 1889, the Cherokee Female Seminary reopened north of Tahlequah after a fire destroyed it two years earlier. So, no matter what day May 7 falls on, the descendants of students who attended the Cherokee Male and Female seminaries gather to honor their ancestors and their time at the schools. DCSSO President Rick Ward said the reunion is the oldest tradition on NSU’s campus, accruing annually for 167 years with the exception of one year during World War II. “It started out as a picnic, but it wasn’t the descendants getting together it was the actual students of the seminaries coming together, bringing food and visiting out in front of the sycamore tree,” he said. After noticing the number seminary students fading away, Jack Brown established the DCSSO in 1975. Brown served as the executive vice president of the Cherokee Seminaries Students Alumni Association for years. He wanted to get the descendants of the alumni involved in the activities of the association as well as keep the tradition alive. In 1984 the name officially changed to the Descendants of Cherokee Seminaries Students Organization. The state bought the Female Seminary in 1909, which now serves as Seminary Hall and the centerpiece of NSU. DCSSO Secretary Ginny Wilson said she wants to keep the reunion tradition alive for her grandmother, who was a student at the Female Seminary. “I do this for my grandmother. We used to bring her up here to this reunion. It was always the one thing in her life she wanted to do,” Wilson said. Wilson said the DCSSO follows the same format as their ancestors did during their reunions, which consists of the organization’s meeting, lunch, a speaker, the Cherokee choir and Miss Cherokee. “We follow that format as close as we can to just do the same thing. It’s gotten a whole lot smaller, but that’s what we do as descendants in memory of those people,” she said. Since the DCSSO established a scholarship for students who are descendants in the early 2000s, its goal is to continue to provide that scholarship. “Our biggest plan is to increase our scholarship amount. That’s the most important, but also to keep the (May 7) tradition going at Northeastern. Otherwise it will die,” Wilson said.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/16/2018 12:00 PM
SALLISAW – Enjoy a day of traditional Cherokee art, music and more, honoring legendary statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah. The event will be held in conjunction with Cherokee Nation’s Traditional Native Games. Sequoyah Day begins at 10 a.m. on May 19 at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum. “We are proud to bring to life an event like Sequoyah Day. It’s a unique daylong celebration of Cherokee history and culture at the home of the man who pioneered the Cherokee syllabary,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “Now that Cherokee Nation owns and operates the Sequoyah Cabin Park, we can organize these types of family-driven events that are both educational and fun for all.” The event runs until 4 p.m. and features live performances, activities for children and cultural demonstrations such as pottery, flint-knapping, bow-making, stone carving and graphics. The event includes multiple performances from the Cherokee National Youth Choir and a special language presentation at 1:30 p.m. Sequoyah built the cabin in 1829 and welcomes more than 12,000 visitors each year. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and a National Literary Landmark in 2006. The homestead includes a one-room cabin and nearly 200 acres. Prior to reopening under CN management in 2017, Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum received much-needed repairs and renovations. The museum now features large displays that share the story of Sequoyah, his development of the Cherokee syllabary and the Cherokee language today. The museum also features a retail space offering Cherokee Nation apparel, gifts and souvenirs. The museum is located at Highway 101, 7 miles east of Highway 59. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.VisitCherokeeNation.com" target="_blank">www.VisitCherokeeNation.com</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/09/2018 12:00 PM
PARK HILL – Explore the messages of John Ross in his correspondences with fellow tribesmen and political allies throughout his 38 years as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. “The Letters of John Ross” is the tribe’s first digital exhibit and allows guests to view documents that are usually off view and housed in collections at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. Featured writings address topics such as delegation nominations, potential resolutions, rumors of assassination plots and the possible removal of Cherokee people to Mexico. “This is the first exhibit of its kind for Cherokee Nation, and we are eager to see how the public responds,” Travis Owens, Cherokee Nation Businesses cultural tourism director, said. “The digital format enables guests to focus on their specific interests in an interactive and engaging way.” The exhibit runs May 4 through Jan. 31 at the John Ross Museum, which highlights Ross’ life and legacy and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and tribe’s passion for education. The museum is housed in an old, rural school building known as School #51 and sits at the foot of Ross Cemetery, where Ross and other notable CN citizens are buried. The museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Road. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call -1877-779-6977 or visit <a href="http://www.VisitCherokeeNation.com" target="_blank">www.VisitCherokeeNation.com</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/09/2018 10:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held Thursday May 10, 2018 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. We will meet in the Community Ballroom that is located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend. If you want to bring a side dish or a dessert, feel free to bring it. Come speak Cherokee and enjoy food and fellowship. For further information about the event, please contact: the Language Program at 918-453-5151. Tsalagi aniwonisgi unadatlugv dodvnatlosi Nvgineiga Anisgvti 10, 2018, ganvsulvi 12:30pm adalenisgi 4 p.m. igohida. Na Anitsalagi tsunalisdayetiyi tsigotlv unaditli wayvsdi onadilvyvi utani kanvsula dodvnatlosi. Naniv Anitsalagi aniwonisgi otsitayohiha uniluhisdii. Alisdayvdi ayohisdi yodulia. Dodayotsadatlisani ale dodayotsalisdayvna hilutsvi. Ugodesdi tsadulihesdi tsadelayohisdi hiina wigehiyadvdi: Tsalagi Gawonihisdi Unadotlvsv 918- 453-5151.
BY STAFF REPORTS
05/08/2018 08:00 AM
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The Museum of Native American History will host storytelling and a beadwork class on May 12. The museum is located at 202 S.W. “O” St. Admission is free, and the events are open to all. From 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., MONAH staff will share traditional Yup'ik (Alaska) and Cherokee stories about how berries came to be just in time for berry season. “Our stories for the day include ‘Berry Magic,’ written and illustrated by Teri Sloat and Betty Huffmon, and ‘The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story,’ retold by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Anna Vojtech. Stick around after the stories to make a self-portrait using nature and try akutaq, a traditional Yup'ik dish made with berries,” MONAH Director Charlotte Buchanan-Yale said. Storytime is geared toward ages 4 and up, but kids of all ages and their adults are welcome. A Creative Visions artist will host and teach a “Beadwork for Beginners” class beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the museum. Join Cherokee beadwork and jewelry artist Carolyn Chumwalooky for an in-depth introduction to the intricate art of beading. This hands-on workshop will lead participants through the process of creating a beaded keychain to take home. Registration is free and required. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the museum at 479-273-2456 or visit <a href="http://www.momah.us" target="_blank">www.momah.us</a>.