Cherokee Nation buries time capsule at complex
Turf Masters, the company responsible for the construction of the sidewalk, andCherokee Nation employees lower a time capsule into the ground on Jan. 25 atthe Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, Okla. The capsule is to be re-opened in 2028. (Photo by Jami Custer)
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation workers lowered into the ground a time capsule on Jan. 25 in front of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex. The capsule is to be opened in 18 years.
“The value of a time capsule is that it provides a reflection of the past. What is unique about this one is that it is a benchmark for future generations,” Principal Chief Chad Smith said. “People in 2028 will open this and have to answer the question ‘Did we pass along our great Cherokee legacy?”
Officials chose the year 2028 to open the after reviewing a video the tribe produced in 2003 that asks what the CN would look like 25 years.
Smith said after seeing the steps CN has taken to develop the tribe and its people, the real challenge would be to see where the tribe is in the next 18 years.
“There are a number of us in this room that will not be here when this capsule opens, but a number of us will be,” he said. “The leaders of today are our children…they will be here 18 years from now opening up this capsule and you (the children) will have the unique perspective of what it was like 18 years ago.”
The capsule was filled with a print and video copy of the 2009 Annual Report to the Cherokee People, a copy of the Cherokee Phoenix, an I-pod Nano containing songs by the Cherokee National Youth Choir, information about CN programs and cultural tourism, a variety of seed corn, the CN flag, photos of current officials from the three branches of government, the tribe’s constitution, a photo of Principal Chief Chad Smith with President Barack Obama and a photo of those to witness the capsule event.
Drawings and letters written in Cherokee from the tribe’s Cherokee language immersion school from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade were also included.
Brian Jackson, a community partnership specialist for the tribe’s Leadership Group, was the individual who proposed the idea of the time capsule.
“One day I was walking in front of the complex where they were redoing the sidewalk thinking ‘I wonder what it was like when they poured that? What CN was like? What the area was like? How interesting it would be if we could actually see some of those things now,” he said.
Jackson said since workers were refurbishing the sidewalk, he thought it was a perfect time to put in a time capsule.
“I have been here since 1995, and I have seen a lot of changes, so if we did a time capsule now how interesting would it be for our youth to see how far we have come along,” he said.
ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏂᏅᏩᏢᏅ ᏃᏊ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ-- ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠBᎵ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎡᎳᏗ ᏄᏅᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏙ ᎠᏔᎴᏒ ᎤᏂᏅᏩᏢᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎦᎵᏗᏓᏅ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎵᏙᎸ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅ, ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏳᏍᏗᏓᏂ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩᏁ, ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎢᎬᏯᏗᏢ W.W. Keeler ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ. ᎯᎢᎾ ᎦᎵᏗᏓᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏛᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎾᏕᏘᏴᎲᎢ. “ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎵ ᎾᏕᏘᏴᎲ ᎯᎠ ᎦᎵᏗᏓᏅ ᏛᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏁᎳᏅ ᏛᏂᎪᎯ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏧᏩᎫᏔᏅᏒᎢ. ᎯᎢᎾ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏩᎫᏗᏗᏒ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏥᏛᎾᏛᏏᏓ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎤᏥᏣᏘ.“ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎯᎠ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏛᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᏁᏍᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᏛᏛᎲᏍᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ ‘ ᎢᎩᎯᏯᏍ ᏂᏗᎦᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ?”ᎢᎬᏯᏗᏢ ᎠᏁᏙᎯ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᎦᏙᏍᏔᎾ ᎯᎠ video ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏃᏢᏁ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏛᏛᎲᏍᎩ ᎦᏙ ᎤᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎾᏕᏘᏴᎲᎢ.ᎤᏥᏣᏘ ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᎷᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ, ᏙᎯᏳ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏕᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎾᏕᏘᏴᎲᎢ.“ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏂᏗᎬ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎧᏅᏑᎸ ᏥᏗᏯᎠ Ꮭ ᏱᏕᏙᎮᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎵᏗᏓᏅ ᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏒ, ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎮᏍᏗ,” ᎤᏛᏁᎢ. “ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏕᎩᎧᎲᎢ……… ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎮᏍᏗ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎾᏕᏘᏴᎲ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎦᎵᏗᏓᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ ᏛᏂᎪᎯ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏁᎳᏚ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏧᎨᏒᎢ.”ᎯᎠ ᎦᎵᏗᏓᏅ ᎠᎧᎢᏍᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎴᏴᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ video ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ ᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ, ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎴᎯᏌᏅᎯ, ᎠᎴ i-pod Nano ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏓ ᏗᎪᏪᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᏂᏃᎩᏓ, ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏄ ᎠᎴ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎵᏙᎸ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ, ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏎᎷ ᏗᏫᏍᏓ, ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎦᏓᏗ, ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏃᏊ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ ᏚᏅᏂᎦᏢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ, ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎦᎫᏍᏛᏗ, ᎤᎬᏩᏳᎯ ᎤᏥᏣᏘ ᏣᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎹᏟ ᎤᎬᏩᏳᎯ Barack Obama ᎠᎴ ᏗᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏧᏃᏪᎳᏅᎯ ᎩᎳ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᎩᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᎢᏯᏍᏗ. Brian Jackson, ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᎯ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏩᏙᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎯᎠ ᏯᏛᏗᎢ.“ᏌᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎦᎢᏒ ᎠᎬᏯᏗᏢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏃᏢᎯᏏᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏨᏏᏰᏗᎢ ᎦᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ‘ᏩᏩᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᏙᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏍᏕ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏅᏁᎲᎾ ᏥᎨᏎᎢ ? ᎦᏙᏍᎩᏂ ᎤᏍᏕ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ? ᎦᏙᏍᎩᏂ ᎤᏍᏗᏓᏁ ᎠᎭᏂ Ꮟ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏥᎨᏎ ? ᎢᎦᏃ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗ ᏱᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎬᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.Jackson ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏙᏔᏁ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏅᏁᎲ ᎡᏓᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᎤᏪᎵᏎ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏙ ᎡᎳᏗ ᏳᏩᏅᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎫᏢᏗᎢ.“ᎠᎭᏂ ᏂᎨᏙᎰ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵᎳ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪᎯ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏓ ᎠᎩᎪᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᏂᎦᏛᏁᎳ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏂᎪᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏂ ᏚᎾᏛᏏᏗᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏟᎢᎸᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎤᏛᏅ.