http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgCherokee Nation translation specialist Durbin Feeling prepares students for testing in his Cherokee literature text class at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. ROBERT STINSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation translation specialist Durbin Feeling prepares students for testing in his Cherokee literature text class at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. ROBERT STINSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

CHEROKEE TRANSLATORS: Curiosity leads Feeling to Cherokee literacy

Cherokee Nation translation specialist Durbin Feeling passes out papers for the Cherokee literature text course he teaches at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. ROBERT STINSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Durbin Feeling
Cherokee Nation translation specialist Durbin Feeling passes out papers for the Cherokee literature text course he teaches at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. ROBERT STINSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
02/14/2012 08:08 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation translation specialist Durbin Feeling said curiosity led to his learning to read and write the Cherokee language.

“I learned to read (Cherokee) when I was 12 years old. I learned that while watching my dad always reading his testament,” Feeling said. “One day when I was playing around I got curious and stood by him, and what he would do is take his pen out and guide me while he was reading.”
Feeling said eventually he picked out short words to read.

“Maybe I would read about two syllables or something like that and the next syllable I may not know, so I went to the back of the testament where there was a pronunciation guide…I would go back and forth like that. It’s kind of self-taught I guess,” he said.

Becoming literate in the language eventually led Feeling to the CN, where he’s worked off and on for 30 years. He said he initially worked in the translation department. Today, he still translates, but with better technology.

He said he just finished making 12,000 Cherokee words available on Google and that his work is compatible with Apple’s iPhone and Droid smartphones.

“Much of the things can be written in Cherokee in Google. You can also text and email in Cherokee,” he said.
Feeling said the language has progressed in the past decade because of technology and the tribe’s Cherokee Language Immersion School.

“It’s quite a ways in the last maybe 10 years I should say because I think the best thing that has happened so far is the immersion. Even though the kids aren’t picking up the words that well yet,” he said.

He said immersion students are slowly learning the language because it is complex.
“So it’s kind of challenging, and I think some of those things are the things that the kids are slow in picking up, but hopefully they will.”

Feeling said there are many things he’s proud to be associated with, such as writing books, helping create the Cherokee dictionary and teaching at Northeastern State University, but he’s also proud of his translation work.

Translating the language, he said, is how one becomes immersed in the language and that’s when one can really “know” the language.

“A person can speak, but until they get into translation and become familiar with the parts of speech and the morphology and all the other things that go into learning a language, the linguistic part, that’s when a person will really have learned their language,” he said. “You got to do your own work. We shouldn’t look at it negative. We have a guy who is a student at Northeastern. He was 16 years old when he first came to the conference. He was already studying on his own. He taught the syllabary to himself. He could read, but he couldn’t understand what he was reading.”

Feeling said when he came to the CN in 1976 he was teaching in communities and that students needed learning materials then and still do.

“I realized that the students need other things, you know learning materials and things. I started doing what the students needed and kind of neglected the teaching part…The boss that I had said ‘you got to be out there teaching. That’s why I hired you. Don’t be sitting around writing things,’ But that’s exactly what they need. We need a lot of research even today in Cherokee. There are documents and literature out there that hasn’t even been touched at all.”

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ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.----- ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ Durbin Feeling ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏍᎬ ᎤᏘᏅᏎ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏬᏪᎶᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ.
“ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏗᎩᎪᎵᏰᏗ (ᏗᏣᎳᎩ) ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎳᏚ ᏯᏆᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ. ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏥᎦᏙᏍᏛ ᎡᏙᏓ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᏓᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎦᎸᏉᏗ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Feeling. “ᏌᏊ ᎢᎦ ᏕᎦᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎩᏍᏆᏂᎪᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎥ ᏩᏆᎴᏅ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᎠᏱᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎬᏗ ᎠᏎᎯᎲ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬᎢ.”
Feeling ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᏔᎵᎭ ᎢᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᏓᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎠᏎᏱᏃ ᏔᎵᎭ ᎢᏗᎧᏕᎢᏍᏗ ᏥᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬ ᏃᏊᏃ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᏬᏟᎢᎶᏝ Ꮭ ᏯᏆᏅᏖ, ᏃᏊᏃ ᎣᏂ ᎤᎦᏅᏓᏛ ᎦᎸᏉᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏫᏥᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏃᏴᎬ ᎠᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏥᏕᎪᏪᎳ….. ᎾᎿ ᏫᎨᏙᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏥᎪᎵᏰᏍᎪᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏋᏌ ᏓᏆᏓᏕᏲᏅ ᏗᎩᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎨᎵᎠ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ.

ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎪᎵᏰᏍᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᎾ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏘᏃᎸ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎾᎿᏃ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎳ ᏦᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎢᏴᏓᎭ ᎤᏣᏘᏂ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎵᏙᎸᎢ. ᏃᏊᏃ ᏥᎩ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏢᎬ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᎪᎯ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏃᎷᏩᏛᎲᎾᎢ.
ᎤᏛᏅ ᎨᎳᏊ ᎤᏍᏆᏓ ᎪᏢᏍᎬ ᏔᎳᏚ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎢᎦ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎫᎦᎵ ᏧᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᏂᏚᏩᏁᎸ ᏗᏙᎵᎩ ᏒᎦᏔ iᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗ ᎠᎴ Droid ᏌᎹᏗ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗ.


“ᎤᎪᏛ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎫᎦᎵᎢ. ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ ᏖᎦᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎺᎵ ᎢᎦᎬᏁᏗ ᏣᎳᎩᎭᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Feeling ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎤᏟᎢᎸᏓ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎢᏗᏝ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎨᏒ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏂᏓᎬᏩᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏤ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏃᎷᏩᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎡᎳᏪᎢ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᎸᏢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᎵ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᎾ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᎵᏍᏚᎢᏒ. ᏙᎯᏳᏃ Ꮭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏱᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᎦᏃᎵ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ
ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎡᎵ ᎠᏍᏓᏯ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᎡᎵᏃ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᏎᎰ ᎨᎳᏊᏴ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᏉᎯᏳᏃ ᏛᎾᏕᎶᏆᎢ.”
Feeling ᎤᏛᏅ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎤᏪᎳᏗᏙᎳ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᏄᏛᏁᎸ, ᏯᏛᎾ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏓᏃᏪᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᎭ, ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᎤᏴᏢᎢᏗᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᏏᏊᏃ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᏧᎾᏁᎶᏙᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ.
ᎠᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎧᎵᏬ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏍᎪ ᏃᎴᏍᏊ “ᎪᎵᎪᎢ” ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᎠᏏᏴᏫ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏱᎦᏬᏂᎯ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎬᏂ ᎠᏁᎶᏙᏗ ᏳᏟᎵᎶᏝ ᎾᎿᏂ ᏗᎬᏙᏗ ᎨᏐ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏗᎧᏁᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏙᎵᎩ ᎨᏒ ᏱᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᎥ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏳᏭᏟᎢᎶᏝ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏱᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎠᏎᏃ ᏨᏌ ᎢᏣᏛᏗ. ᏝᏃ ᏫᏓᎧᏅᏓ ᏱᎩ Ꮭ ᏱᏂᎦᎦᏛᎦ ᎡᎵᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ. ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎠ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ. ᏓᎳᏚ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏎ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏪᏙᎳ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ. ᎦᏳᎳᏃ ᎤᎴᏅᏓ ᎨᏒ ᏚᎦᏎᏍᏛ ᏣᎳᎩ. ᎤᏩᏌ ᏚᏓᏕᏲᏁ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᎵᏰᏙᏗ, ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬ, ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ Ꮭ ᏳᏅᏖ ᏳᎪᎵᏰ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᏍᎬᎢ.”

Feeling ᎤᏛᏅ ᏧᎷᏨ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏍᏒ ᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏂᎬᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ.

“ᎠᏆᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ, ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ. ᎠᏆᎴᏅᎲ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏝᎦ Ꮩ ᎾᏮᏁᎸ ᏕᎦᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬᎢ……. ᏧᎧᏍᏟ ᎠᎩᎾᏝᎢ ᏕᎭᏕᏲᏅᎢ ᎠᏉᏎᎸ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏰᎸᏓ ᏥᎬᎾᏢᏅᎢ. ᏝᏍᏗ ᏱᏦᏝᏩᏕᎨᏍᏗ ᏱᏙᏪᎵᏍᎨᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ. ᎤᎪᏗᏃ ᎠᎪᎵᏰᎢᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏚᎵᏛ ᎪᎯ ᏥᎩ. ᏚᏂᎾᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏪᏘ ᎩᎶ ᏧᏃᏪᎳᏅ ᏗᏒᏂᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᎵᏰᏓ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ.”

Culture

BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
10/22/2017 08:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – With its 2017 annual homecoming T-shirt now for sale, the Cherokee Phoenix is calling for Cherokee artists to submit design concepts for the news organization’s 2018 T-shirt. In 2016, the Cherokee Phoenix staff introduced a T-shirt to differ from the tribe’s Cherokee National Holiday T-shirt. Phoenix staff members contracted with artist Buffalo Gouge for the shirt’s initial design. For this year’s homecoming shirt, Phoenix staff members selected Daniel HorseChief’s concept out of approximately 10 designs from artists. The Cherokee Phoenix then contracted with HorseChief to create the 2017 shirt. HorseChief said his concept comes from a four-panel painting that features Selu, the Corn Mother in Cherokee lore. The image shows the bust of Selu, who is looking down into a Southeastern art pattern. Behind her on the left side are seven ears of corn with water under it. Behind her on the opposite side is a phoenix with fire below it. Above the phoenix is the Cherokee seven-pointed star. Above the image, written in Cherokee, are the words “Cherokee Phoenix.” Below the image, in English, is “2017 CHEROKEE HOMECOMING.” The limited-quantity, black shirts are short-sleeved, ranging in sizes small to 3XL and sell for $20 plus tax. The shirts are available at the Cherokee Phoenix office in Room 231 of the Annex Building (Old Motel) on the Tribal Complex. For more information, call 918-453-5269. They are also available at the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop, als0 on the Tribal Complex, or online at <a href="http://cherokeegiftshop.com" target="_blank">http://cherokeegiftshop.com</a>. Phoenix staff members will also have shirts available at the Cherokee Phoenix booths at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and Capital Square during the Cherokee National Holiday in September. The Cherokee Phoenix is accepting concept ideas from artists who are Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band or Eastern Band citizens until midnight on Jan. 1. Artist can email detailed concepts to <a href="mailto: travis-snell@cherokee.org">travis-snell@cherokee.org</a>. For artists contemplating submitting design ideas, please note that if your concept is chosen and you sign a contract, the Cherokee Phoenix will own the artwork because we consider it a commissioned piece. As for what Phoenix staff members look for in a concept, we ask that artists “think Cherokee National Holiday” and include a phoenix.
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/19/2017 08:15 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Thanks in part from an Oklahoma Arts Council grant, the Northeastern State University Center for Tribal Studies will host the Indigenous Arts Education Series in November for American Indian Heritage Month. The series will include the following: <strong>Nov. 2</strong> Marcus Harjo (Pawnee/Seminole) will present “Creative Writing and Music Production Workshop” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the University Center Redbud Room. Harjo uses writing, music production and live performances to promote his passions of youth outreach, cultural awareness and promoting healthy, drug-free lifestyles, specifically among American Indian populations. His workshop will focus on teaching participants how to use writing and music composition skills to enhance the delivery of their message. His workshop will conclude with a live performance. <strong>Nov. 8</strong> Sandy Fife Wilson (Muscogee Creek) will present “Shell Carving Demonstration” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the University Center Redbud Room. Wilson is an experienced artist having learned her art techniques through both formal education and traditional means as she comes from a long line of family artists. Wilson specializes in Southeastern design shell carvings, finger-woven items and Creek basketry. She will host a demonstration that will educate the audience on this traditional form of art and lead participants through the process using a direct, hands-on approach to instruction. <strong>Nov. 14</strong> Yatika Starr Fields (Muscogee Creek/Osage/Cherokee) will present “Becoming a Mural Artist” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Redbud Room. Fields’ presentation will highlight his experience and work as a mural artist and provide attendees with some insight into the highly specialized field of mural art. This event will include a live art demonstration. The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.arts.ok.gov" target="_blank">arts.ok.gov</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/18/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee National Youth Choir’s album “Celebration” was named Best Pop Recording during the 17th annual Native American Music Awards on Oct. 14. This year’s award marks the fifth honor – referred to as a NAMMY – the Cherokee National Youth Choir has garnered since the choir’s inception in 2000. The youth choir was also nominated for Group of the Year and Record of the Year for its latest album. “We were so excited to win Best Pop Recording at the Native American Music Awards,” Mary Kay Henderson, Cherokee National Youth Choir director, said. “Our CD, ‘Celebration,’ is a collection of Motown music and has been a fun way to encourage our young people to learn our language. Language teacher and choir coordinator Kathy Sierra and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the Cherokee National Youth Choir.” The “Celebration” record is a combination of the 2017 Cherokee National Youth Choir and its soloists and members of the 2006 youth choir. Songs on the “Celebration” album include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Celebration,” “Lean On Me,” “My Girl,” “Respect,” “My Guy,” “Stand By Me” and “We Are Family.” Sierra translated the lyrics from English to Cherokee for the recording. The Cherokee National Youth Choir has performed dozens of songs in the Cherokee language in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and at venues across the country, including the Oklahoma State Capitol. The choir also previously performed with such legendary artists as Foreigner, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Roy Clark, Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys. The choir is made up of 30 to 40 young Cherokees from northeastern Oklahoma communities. Members are middle and high school youth in grades 6-12. The students compete in auditions every year for inclusion in the group. “The Cherokee Nation Youth Choir has proven time and time again to be excellent cultural ambassadors for our tribal government and our people,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “We are so proud of them for bringing home another NAMMY honor. The accomplishments of these young people should be celebrated, as they are learning and utilizing the Cherokee language. Additionally, they have volunteered their time and talents to be part of the youth choir, which is an opportunity to grow their leadership skills. Congratulations to everyone involved with this wonderful achievement.” The choir’s newest album, “Just Jesus,” as well as past albums will be available for purchase later this year at Cherokee Nation Gift Shop locations and online at <a href="http://www.CherokeeGiftShop.com" target="_blank">www.CherokeeGiftShop.com</a>.
BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/17/2017 04:00 PM
CATOOSA, Okla. – Navajo artist Ric Charlie won Best of Show for his jewelry piece “Navajo Bling” at the 12th annual Cherokee Art Market held Oct. 14-15 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Artists from throughout the nation competed in eight categories: painting, sculpture, beadwork/quillwork, basketry, pottery, textiles, jewelry and diverse art forms. Sixty artists received awards, and 150 artists displayed and sold their art during the event. Charlie, 59, of Tuba City, Arizona, makes jewelry, paints and sculpts. “I can’t make a living with those (painting and sculpting), but I do it for therapy,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed all kinds of art, ever since I was a kid.” He said his winning necklace was inspired by “a nice summer day” when he was out of school and had time on his hands. “Navajo Bling” is a 14-karat gold jewelry set featuring more than 1,700 individually set diamonds and is valued at $75,000. “As a kid I was always involved in creating things because on the reservation you had to. I learned a lot from my grandfather because he was the creator of many things,” he said. “The work that I do now is something I only dreamed about doing. When I started making jewelry, I said, ‘I really want to get into gold. I really want to get into diamonds. I really want to do this type of work.’ It’s just a dream come true.” Charlie said he “dreamed big” as a child. “If you don’t dream big, it won’t happen.” He’s participated in other art shows such as the Santa Fe Indian Market, but this was the first time he entered the Cherokee Art Market. He said he plans to enter his work again. “I find it (Cherokee Art Market) really personal. People here are very, very friendly and welcoming, too. The level of artwork here is incredible,” Charlie said. Cherokee artist Bryan Waytula won Best of Class for Class 1: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography for his painting titled “We Stand as One.” Cherokee sculpture Bill Glass Jr. won Best of Class for Class 2: Sculpture for his piece “The Discussion Revolves.” In the Class 5: Pottery Division, Cherokee artist Troy Jackson won Best of Class for his work “Bird Effigy.” Cherokee Art Market Manager Deborah Fritts said one artist came from Alaska and another came from Maine and other artists from in between. She said the show has come a long way from its first year in 2005 when it was held under tents in the casino parking lot. It has been held inside the casino since 2009. Fritts attends other art shows to “scope” out artists and to network. She also meets with other art market coordinators. “A lot of the people that win at the other shows, like at Santa Fe (Indian Market) or the Heard Museum (Phoenix), they come to our show,” she said. Dallin Maybee is chief operating officer for the Southwest Association for Indian Arts, the nonprofit association that produces the Santa Fe Indian Market. He said the Cherokee Art Market has its own “personality,” and he wouldn’t compare it to Santa Fe but “it’s a great show.” “This brings an incredible competitive field of artists. It’s a nice show. It’s intimate. You see a lot of your friends here, and the prize money helps,” Maybee said. “I come to this show every time that I can just because it’s a good time.” For a full list of winners, visit <a href="http://www.Cherokeeartmarket.com" target="_blank">Cherokeeartmarket.com</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/17/2017 12:00 PM
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Bartow History Museum. The speaker will be Jim Langford, and his topic will be “Impact of de Soto on Southeastern Native Americans.” Langford is a member and former officer of the Society of Georgia Archaeology and has been doing research on the Native American presence in the Southeast for many years. The Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church St. Its phone number is 770-382-3818. The TOTA was created to support the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail established by an act of Congress in 1987. It is dedicated to identifying and preserving sites associated with the removal of Native Americans from the southeastern United States. The Georgia TOTA chapter is one of nine state chapters representing the nine states that the Cherokee and other tribes traveled through on their way to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. GATOTA meetings are free and open to the public. People need not have Native American ancestry to attend GATOTA meetings, just an interest and desire to learn more about this tragic period in this country’s history. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nationaltota.com" target="_blank">www.nationaltota.com</a> or <a href="http://www.gatrailoftears.org" target="_blank">www.gatrailoftears.org</a>. For more information about the November meeting, email Tony Harris at <a href="mailto: harris7627@bellsouth.net">harris7627@bellsouth.net</a>.
BY STAFF REPORTS
10/12/2017 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Families looking for a fun, educational adventure for their children during fall break should plan to visit the Cherokee Nation museums on Oct. 20.  Museums participating are the Cherokee National Prison Museum, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and the John Ross Museum. Enjoy free admission and special activities at all three locations. There will be paper bandolier bags at the Cherokee National Prison Museum, Cherokee syllabary lessons at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and make your own clay beads at the John Ross Museum. The educational activities occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cherokee National Prison was the only penitentiary building in Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901. It housed sentenced and accused prisoners from throughout the territory. The interpretive site and museum give visitors an idea about how law and order operated in Indian Territory. The site features a working blacksmith area and reconstructed gallows, exhibits about famous prisoners and daring escapes, local outlaws and Cherokee patriots, jail cells and much more. Built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is Oklahoma’s oldest public building. The 1,950-square-foot museum features exhibits on the Cherokee National Judicial System; the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers; and the Cherokee language, with various historical items, including photos, stories, objects and furniture. Touch screen kiosks offer visitors documentary-style learning on various legal topics as well as teaching conversational Cherokee. The John Ross Museum highlights the life of John Ross, principal chief of the CN for more than 38 years, and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and Cherokee Nation’s passion for the education of its people. The museum is housed in an old, rural school building known as School No. 51 and sits at the foot of Ross Cemetery, where John Ross and other notable Cherokee citizens are buried. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St., and the Cherokee National Prison Museum is at 124 E. Choctaw St., both in Tahlequah. The John Ross Museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Road in Park Hill. For more information, call 1-877-779-6977 or visit <a href="http://www.visitcherokeenation.com" target="_blank">www.visitcherokeenation.com</a>.