Cherokee Speaker Roll Book will be available to sign during holiday
David Crawler, left, assists Cherokee speaker Richard Acorn with signing the Cherokee Speaker Roll book at Rocky Mountain School on July 16. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Speaker Roll Book will be available for Cherokee speakers to sign at two locations during the Cherokee National Holiday.
The book will be at the downtown courthouse square from 9 a.m. to noon and at the Cherokee Heritage Center from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 31. Staff will be available to help people sign the book, take their photo and present them with a speaker’s medallion that includes an image of Sequoyah.
Thirteen area communities hosted book signings this summer to recognize and honor Cherokee speakers. The effort should give tribal leaders a better idea of how many speakers are in each community and their ages. The effort will also tell leaders where language resources are needed.
The Cherokee Speaker Roll Book is made of archival paper and is sewed and glued together to last 500 to 1,000 years.