First-language Cherokee speakers visit the Rocky Mountain Community to sign the Cherokee Speaker Roll.
Native artist Mallory Taylor designed the artwork for the news organization’s 2019 holiday shirt.
The second annual “Warriors for A Cure Powwow” to fight cancer is Sept. 7 in Muskogee outside the Three Rivers Health Center.
Troy Jackson will create a piece intended to honor all veterans, but Cherokee Purple Heart recipients in particular.
MARBLE CITY – The Cherokee Speaker Roll Project made a June 25 stop in Marble City to gather signatures in a roll book and present medallions to first-language Cherokee speakers.
The project will continue hosting gatherings in 13 area communities this summer to recognize first-language Cherokee speakers.
Master Apprentice Program Manager Howard Paden said he and his staff have been getting a good response from the speakers.
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Phoenix has selected Native artist Mallory Taylor’s design for its 2019 holiday T-shirt, which goes on sale in July at the Cherokee Phoenix’s office and Cherokee Nation Gift Shop.
In 2016, the Cherokee Phoenix commissioned Cherokee artist Buffalo Gouge to design its initial T-shirt, one that differed from the tribe’s Cherokee National Holiday shirts. For the 2017 T-shirt, the Cherokee Phoenix sought entries from Cherokee artists and chose Daniel HorseChief’s concept. In 2018, the Cherokee Phoenix chose Nathalie Standingcloud’s design.
The group and students work to preserve and conserve culture, language and land via a project called “Knowing the Land.”
TAHLEQUAH – Applications for the 2019-20 Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and Little Cherokee Ambassador competitions are available.
To download the application, visit https://www.cherokee.org/Services/Education/Cherokee-Ambassadors and scroll to the bottom of the page. Applications are also available at the Cherokee First desk at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
The deadline for all applications is July 16.
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is offering free, family-friendly storytelling events on Wednesdays in June. The two-hour program will be hosted at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion starting at 10 a.m., with the exception of June 19 when it will be held under the gazebo.
Each week Stories on the Square will conclude with a different hands-on activity or craft. The make-and-take activity schedule is below:
• June 5 – Painting garden rocks
• June 12 – Paper plate masks
• June 19 – “Root-runner” basket weaving
• June 26 – Mini gourd masks
The Cherokee National Peace Pavilion is at 177 S. Water Ave. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Cherokee National Prison Museum at 124 E. Choctaw St.
TAHLEQUAH – With the march of technology seeming to quicken its pace as the years pass, the preservation of Cherokee history or culture may not always be storytelling or traditional art.
On May 18, artist Jamil Jaser unveiled an array of scale models at the Cherokee Heritage Center. The pieces are replicas of several buildings of historical importance to the Cherokee Nation, including the Cherokee National Capitol building and Leoser Cabin.
However, these models are not like the prefab plastic model cars people once stuck together with modeling glue. Jaser’s replicas are 3-D printed. The exhibit is open at the CHC through July, with pieces added as the show continues.