‘Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People’ wins 4 regional Emmys

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/07/2020 09:00 AM
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“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” won a Heartland Regional Emmy award for the episode titled “Driven to the Sky” that showcases U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot Nicole Webber living out her childhood dream on one of the country’s most challenging coastlines. COURTESY 
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“A Pow Wow Education” with Cherokee National Treasure Thomas Muskrat also earned a Heartland Regional Emmy. It provides a look at the history of powwows and demonstrates that despite not being traditional Cherokee culture, powwows are a good way to share intertribal bonds. COURTESY 
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“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” won four Heartland Regional Emmy awards on July 25. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” on July 25 received four Heartland Regional Emmy awards during a virtual reception. 

“We’re beyond grateful for this recognition and are so appreciative to have such an amazing team working to make this show a success,” Jennifer Loren, executive producer and host, said. “The Cherokee people are out there, making a difference and doing extraordinary things each and every day, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to share those stories with the world.”

Founded in 1947, the National Academy of Television Arts & Science and the Emmy Award recognize and celebrate the best in the television industry.

Out of 1,155 entries to the Heartland Chapter, 428 received nominations and 148 were awarded the Emmy statuette. With the addition of this year’s awards, OsiyoTV has won nine Heartland Regional Emmys since its inception in 2015.

“There’s something truly remarkable about hundreds of thousands of people being connected to their very core through history, culture and language. You can feel that when you watch the show,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “It’s an overwhelming sense of belonging to something greater than any one person or time period, and that is celebrated through this program. In every new story, our heritage, traditions and values shine, and we’re reminded of what it means to be Cherokee.”

This year’s awards include the Magazine Program, Feature/Segment category for “Driven to the Sky,” a feature showcasing U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot Nicole Webber living out her childhood dream on one of the country’s most challenging coastlines. 

The program also received recognition in the Informational/Instructional Program, Series/Special category with segments on falconer Curt Cearley, author Jessica Mehta, red dirt musician Wayne Garner and a tribute to the life and prolific writing career of the late Robert J. Conley.

Another award was earned in the Informational/Instructional Feature/Segment category for “A Pow Wow Education” with Cherokee National Treasure Thomas Muskrat. The feature provides a look at the history of powwows and demonstrates that despite not being traditional Cherokee culture, powwows are a good way to share intertribal bonds.

Another episode featuring Cherokee linguist Durbin Feeling, professional softball standout Olivia Rains and a search for evidence of the creature known as Bigfoot with Culture Keeper Larry Shade, among others, was recognized in the Magazine Program, Series/Special category.

“This show continues to serve not only as a means of entertainment, but also as an important educational tool,” said Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner. “It’s created a platform for us to speak up and set the record straight about who we are, where we’ve been and how we’re impacting the world. It’s a living testament to the traditions, triumphs and accomplishments of the Cherokee people, and we’re ready for more of the world to see what makes being Cherokee so special.”

The program is slated to debut its next season beginning with a digital premier at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 on Osiyo.TV, followed by the broadcast premiere on Oct. 4, which will be available statewide in Oklahoma and Arkansas on OETA and AETN, as well as on the regional station RSU-TV and in Joplin, Missouri.

OsiyoTV was established in 2015 by Cherokee Nation Businesses and FireThief Productions to feature the people, places, history and culture of the CN. The documentary-style series is hosted by CN citizen and Emmy-winning journalist Jennifer Loren and is funded and produced by CNB.
For information and to watch, visit www.osiyo.tv.

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