Denmark students study abroad in CN
Denmark student Marc Henrichsen begins weaving a basket during his recent three-week visit to the Cherokee Nation. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Dennis Sixkiller, right, shows Danish students how to play marbles at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – In 2010, Northeastern State University Cherokee Programs Director Dr. Leslie Hannah traveled to Esbjerg, Denmark, to teach the Cherokee culture and literature. That trip sparked interest for Danish students to study abroad in the Cherokee Nation, which they did recently.
“I guess I stirred up enough interest that they wanted to come here and see for themselves. So last year, we had a group…from Esbjerg come and spend three weeks with us and they did pretty much the same thing that this group is doing,” Hannah said.
This year, the three-week summer program had 10 Denmark students and one faculty sponsor participate. There were also two German students, who were already participating in a NSU exchange, who joined the Danes.
“We’re trying to open up a two-way channel between here and Demark,” Hannah said.
He said the Denmark students’ school requires they participate in international studies by traveling to different countries and learning those countries’ respective languages and cultures.
“A few groups do come to the United States, but of the groups that come to the United States, most of them go to a large city like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, some place like that,” Hannah said. “They think that is America, which it is, but the groups that have come here, it’s interesting, and I still have correspondence with some of the students, they said ‘this is different. We feel like we’ve really seen America now, having come to Oklahoma.’”
Students spent mornings working on English language skills, primarily writing and reading comprehension. In the afternoons, they saw different sites such as the Cherokee Heritage Center, Sequoyah’s Cabin, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Murrell Home, Fort Gibson, Tahlonteeskee Courthouse and the Cherokee National Prison Museum.
“I really like the Cherokee. My dad, he reads a lot about it, and he has told me things about the Indian and the old stuff and how they moved from the East Coast,” Dina Bach Sigmundsen, 16, said. “So it’s really inspiring to come here and hear so much about it.”
Sigmundsen said her favorite part of the trip was the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill.
“I think it was nice to see the heritage center because to see how they lived, and the houses were not teepees as many of us thought. And it was nice to see how they lived and what they used, what resources they had,” she said.
Students also participated in Cherokee cultural activities such as stickball, marbles, storytelling and basket weaving.
“We’re trying to show them, basically, what it means to be Cherokee, especially here in the heart of Cherokee country in Tahlequah,” Hannah said.
Students also learned some of the Cherokee language.
“We have learned some words like ‘osiyo,’ and we have also learned how to count to 10,” Shpetim Sherifi, 17, said. “We have learned a lot.”
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.– ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ, ᎤᏴᏢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᏗᏎᎮᎵᏙ Dr. Leslie Hannah ᏭᏪᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ Esbjerg, Denmark, ᏫᏚᏪᏲᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎢᎩᎲ ᎢᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏙᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏭᏪᏙᎸ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏫᏚᏕᏲᏅ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎾᏝᎬᏊ.
“ᎨᎵᎠ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏆᏑᏰᎲ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏗ ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎤᏅᏌ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎡᏔ ᏥᎨᏒ, ᏑᎾᏓᏡᎦ……… ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏂᎩᏓ Esbjerg ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏠᏯᏆ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏃ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Hannah.
ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ, ᏦᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎪᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏯᏂ Denmark ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᏗᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ ᎨᎳᏗᏙᎲ. ᎾᏃᏍᏊ ᎠᏂᏔᎵ German ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏳᎳ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ NSU ᎠᎾᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎦ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏕᎳᏕᎸ ᎾᎿ Denmark ᎠᏁᎯ.
“ᎣᏣᏁᎶᏗ ᎣᎩᏍᏚᎢᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ way channel ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᎴ Denmark,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Hannah. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᎿ Denmark ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ’ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎰ ᏯᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᏧᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏁᏅᏍᏗ ᏗᏐ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎵᏙᎲ’ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ.
“ᎦᏲᏟ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎰ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ, ᎤᏂᎪᏛ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏔᎾ ᏙᏗᎦᏚᎲ ᎠᏁᎪ ᏯᏛᎾ New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Hannah. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃᏙ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏧᎾᏓᏢᎦ ᎤᏁᏙᎸ, ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏍᎪ, ᎠᎴ Ꮟ ᎪᎯᏴ Ꮟ ᎦᏥᏯᏛᎩᏍᎪ ᎢᎦᏓ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ, ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ ‘ ᎯᎢᏃ ᏄᏓᎴᎢ. ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᎩᎪᎲ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᏃᎦᎵᏍᏓᏁ, ᏃᏊ ᎣᎨᏙᎸ ᏥᎩ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.”
ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏌᎾᎴ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎪ ᏲᏁᎦ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏪᎶᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏰᏗ. ᏒᎯᏰᏯᏗᏢ ᏂᏚᏓᎴ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᏂᎪᎲᎢ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᏏᏉᏯ ᏧᏁᎳᏛ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ, Murrell ᏧᏪᏅᏒ, ᏧᏍᏆᎦᏟ,Tahlonteeskee ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏧᎾᏓᏍᏚᏗ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᏂᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᏙᎯᏳ ᎦᏥᎸᏉᏓ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ. ᎡᏙᏓ, ᎤᎪᏓ ᏓᎪᎵᏰᎢᏙᎰ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᏃᎯᏎᎰ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎵᏙᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏪᏘ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᏅᏒ ᎧᎸᎬᏗᏢ,” Dina Bach Sigmundsen, ᏓᎳᏚ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎡᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏛᎪᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏄᎾᏍᏛᎢ.”
Sigmundsen ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏭᎸᏉᏔᏅ ᏄᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏧᏪᏙᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏭᏂᏴᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎾᏓᏁᎸ Ꮭ teepees ᏱᎨᏎ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏥᎾᏁᎵᏍᎪ. ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏙᎸ, ᎤᏂᎲᏮ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏖᎳᏛ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏗᏍᏓ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᏯᏛᎾ ᎠᎾᏁᏦᏍᎬ, ᎠᏂᏓᏲᎯᎲ, ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏢᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎷᏣ ᏓᏃᏢᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎣᏣᏁᎶᏗᏍᎬ ᏦᏥᎪᏩᏛᏙᏗ, ᏙᎯᏳ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ, ᏙᎯᏳ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏓᎵᏆ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Hannah.
ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ.
“ᎦᏲᏟᏃ ᎣᎦᏕᎶᏆᎨ ᏯᏛᎾ ‘ᎣᏏᏲ’, ᎠᎴ ᏦᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᎣᎦᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏯᏍᏗ,” Shpetim Sherifi, ᎦᎵᏆᏛ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎤᎪᏓ ᎣᏣᏕᎶᎦ.”