RSU hosts cultural enrichment day
Cherokee Nation citizen Ty Martinez shows a pair of finished stickball sticks he made March 5 during a cultural enrichment day at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Kristen Thomas sews a ball used to play stickball during a cultural enrichment day on March 5 at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State University’s Native American Studies Program on March 5 hosted a cultural enrichment day where students and community members had the opportunity to make stickball sticks, stickball balls and traditional baskets.
Dr. Hugh Foley – a professor of fine arts at RSU, coordinator of the Native American Studies Program and Cherokee Promise scholar advisor – said it was the university’s 18th annual stickball and basket-making workshop. Foley said he works with Victor Wildcat, and adjunct Cherokee language instructor at RSU, who helps the participants make their crafts.
“I’ve known Victor for a long time, graduated Muskogee High together…He contacted me in the (19)90s. My class was on TV here at RSU… He said ‘hey we do stickball workshops. Want to do one at RSU?’ So we started doing it,” Foley said.
He added that his department reaches out to area schools and universities to offer them the opportunity to attend the cultural event.
“The most important thing is to continue these cultural traditions and life ways and hopefully instilling them in some young people who will be excited about them and want to continue on with them. There aren’t many opportunities like this around. It is free to the people that come here,” he said.
The second benefit of the event, he said, includes team, community and leadership building.
“Getting students to understand you need to volunteer in your community to make it better, and so that’s a big part of what we do as well,” Foley said.
Ty Martinez, a Cherokee Nation citizen and Cherokee Promise scholar, went to RSU for the cultural enrichment day from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He said during the event he made Cherokee-style stickball sticks.
“We’re on a group meeting with our Cherokee Promise scholars. We made Cherokee stickball sticks. Took us about hour or two hours to sand down and get right,” Martinez said. “This is actually the second set of sticks I’ve made, but first pair that I’ve used just the rasp and whittled it all the way down. I used a different tool on the other one, but I’m pretty happy with these.”
He added that his first pair might be used for playing stickball, but his second he’s considering modeling them as an art piece. “I’m debating on if I want to put some kind of like burn design, stain them and hang them up. Not really sure yet.”
Martinez said using more modern tools made the experience easier, but a lot of work was put into each person’s piece.
“So it kind of helps us bring it back to how they used to do it,” he said.
RSU President Larry Rice said he was glad to see students from all over attend the event.
“It’s a privilege to host this. It’s a privilege to watch how these stickball (sticks) are made, including the ball. It’s a privilege also to watch how the baskets are made. The craftsmanship and creativity of the tribal ancestors is just remarkable,” he said.
In November, RSU will host another cultural event in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. For more information, email email@example.com
ᎦᎴᎼᎢ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.– Rogers State University’s ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᎤᎯᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏅᏱ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏤᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᎥ ᏗᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏟᏅᏓᏕᎸ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ, ᎠᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏔᎷᏣ. Dr. Hugh Foley-- ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎤᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎾᎿ RSU, ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᏗᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ-- ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏁᎳᏚᏏᏁᏃ ᏙᏛᏃᏢᏂ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎳᎷᏣ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎮᏍᏗ. Foley ᎤᏛᏅ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎾᏍᎩ Victor Wildcat, ᎠᎴ ᎢᏧᎳ ᎾᏅᏁᎰ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ RSU, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎪᏢᏅᏅᎢ.
“ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᏲᎵᎦ ᏂᎨᏐ Victor, ᎫᏐ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏙᎩᏂᏍᏆᏛ…… ᏓᏳᏟᏃᎮᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᏕᎦᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᏴᎳᏛᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ RSU…… ᎤᏛᏅ ‘Ꭾ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᏙᏦᏢᏍᎪᎢ. ᏣᏚᎵᏍ ᎤᏍᏆᎸᏗ ᎾᎿ RSU?’ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᎦᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Foley.
ᎤᏁᏉᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᏛᏛᎲᏍᎪ ᏳᎾᏚᎵ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᏭᎵᏍᎨᏗᏴ ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᎯᏳ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏗ ᎤᏂᏫᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ. ᏞᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏳᏙᏢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎭᏂᏗᏢ. ᎠᏎᏊ ᎨᏐ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏔᎵᏁ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ, ᎤᏛᏅ, ᏧᎾᎵᎪᎯ, ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᏓᏂᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ.
“ᏗᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᏕᏣᏂᎬᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏣᏤᎵ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Foley.
Ty Martinez, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, ᎤᏪᏅᏒ RSU ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎢᎦ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏚᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᏃᏢᏗ ᏗᎳᏍᎸᏙᏗ.
“ᎣᎦᏓᏈᎬ ᏙᏣᏠᏍᎬ ᎣᎦᎵᎪᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏚᎢᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ. ᏙᎪᏢᏅ ᏗᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ. ᏑᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏙᎩᏱᎵᏙᎸ ᏙᏥᏍᏛᎪᏍᎬ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏂᏙᏨᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Martinez. “ᏙᎬ ᎨᏒ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏕᎪᏢᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ, ᎢᎬᏱ ᏥᏓᏬᏢᏅ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎤᏣᏍᎦᏘ ᏣᏩᏋᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎩᏲᏢᏅ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎠᎦᏘ. ᏄᏓᎴ ᏣᏋᏔ ᎠᏥᎳ ᎤᏣᏍᎦᏘ Ꮎ ᏐᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏓᎩᏱᎸᎭ ᎯᎠ.”
ᎤᏛᏅᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏧᏬᏢᏅ ᏧᏁᎸᏙᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᏔᎵᏁ ᏧᏬᏢᏅ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ. “ᎦᏓᏅᏖ ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᏆᏟᎶᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ, ᏃᎴᏱᎩ ᏧᎵᏏᎦ ᏱᏂᏓᏋᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏱᏓᏆᏙᏌᏗ. Ꮭ ᏙᏯᏆᏅᏔ ᎢᏗᏋᏗᎢ.”
Martinez ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎬᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏂᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᎦᏬᏢᏅᎢ.
“ᎣᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎣᎦᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏚᏅᏁᎸᎢ ᎪᎯᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
RSU ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Larry Rice ᎤᏛᏅ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏂᎬ ᏂᏙᏓᏳᎵᎶᏒ ᎠᏂᏙᎲ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.
“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏜᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏯᏛᏗᎢ. ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎳᏍᎦᎸᏙᏗ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ. ᏗᏃᏢᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎴ ᏯᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎾᎿ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᎧᎸ, RSU ᏚᎤᏍᏆᎸᎡᎵ ᏐᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏛᎠᏍᏆᎸᎯ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏏᏅᏓ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ, email firstname.lastname@example.org.