‘Celebration of Cherokee Speakers’ event set for Sept. 27

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/15/2019 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Medallions will be given to first-language Cherokee speakers who sign the Cherokee Speaker Roll Book at the “Celebration of Cherokee Speakers” event on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Cherokee Heritage Center. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Translation Department and the Cherokee Language Master-Apprentice Program have partnered to host a “Celebration of Cherokee Speakers” event on Friday, Sept. 27.

The event will be from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center. All Cherokee speakers are welcome to come out and enjoy a day of fellowship with other speakers, entertainment, food and “lots of door prizes.”

Additionally, the Cherokee Speaker Roll Book will be available for any first-language speakers who have not had the chance to sign the archive book. Those who sign the book also will receive a medallion embossed with the image of Sequoyah, who translated Cherokee into a written syllabary.

The United Nations declared 2019 “The Year of Indigenous Languages” in order to raise awareness of Indigenous languages and to celebrate their contribution to the world’s rich, cultural diversity.

The Sept. 27 event is a way for the Cherokee Nation to take part in the UN declaration and celebration. The lunch menu includes a hog and fish fry with all the fixings for both. Cherokee storytellers, singers and fiddlers will provide entertainment. For more information, email Howard-Paden@cherokee.org or call 918-207-4995.

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