Cherokee National Historical Society honors 3
Charles “Chief” Boyd
CATOOSA, Okla. – The Cherokee National Historical Society honored three men for their contributions to preserving, promoting and teaching the Cherokee history and culture during the society’s SevenStar Gala on Oct. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
Cherokee Heritage Center archivist Tom Mooney was given the society’s Stalwart Award, which is given to one who has served as a “long-time member, volunteer, employee, board member or associate and has significantly contributed” to the CHC’s success.
Mooney said he’s worked for the CHC for 36 years and being recognized was “amazing” considering the people who have received the award in the past.
“Oh gosh, I couldn’t believe it happened,” he said. “I think John Ketcher was a recipient last year and anything John did, I can’t follow in his footsteps at all. But you know to have validation from the board that they appreciate my service means a lot to me…It was such a surprise.”
CNHS officials said when Mooney began working as an archivist, the collection was contained in a filing cabinet with four drawers and consisted of letters and photographs. Now the archives contain much more and fill two rooms.
Architect Charles “Chief” Boyd received the Contemporary Achievement Award, which recognizes a Cherokee who is extremely accomplished in his or her chosen field and has brought honor to the tribe.
Boyd is the architect who designed the Tsa La Gi Amphitheater, the Cherokee Heritage Center building and the original Ancient Village. Boyd said he’s been involved with the CNHS for 50 years and being recognized by one’s own tribe is an honor.
“I’m still very passionate about the historical society…which has been around longer (than the tribe) with the primary purpose of preserving the culture and the heritage of the tribe,” he said. “And it’s fun to make that happen or try and make that happen.”
Cherokee Nation school/community specialist Robert Lewis received the Tradition Bearer Award, which is presented to one who has preserved Cherokee traditions through crafts, history or storytelling.
Lewis said his first story about the creation of the Milky Way was heard from his father on a family trip. After that, he said, storytelling was buried deep within him.
He said he was chosen for the award because of the storytelling he does within schools, communities and his many years of work as a tour guide and storyteller for the CHC.
Lewis said he is “extremely humbled” that he was chosen for the award.
“To me (this award) represents all the villagers,” he said. “I think it’s a reflection from all the people I’ve worked with including all the National Treasures and traditionalists who worked out there (CHC).”
The CNHS formed in 1963 by a group of CN citizens who “shared a desire to establish a permanent culture-keeping institution for the Cherokee people.”
ᎦᏚᏏ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.– ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎦᏓᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᏚᎾᎵᎮᎵ ᏍᏔᏅ ᏦᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎾᎿ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏗᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᏅᏗᏍᎬ, ᎠᏂᏁᏉᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏫᏓᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎦᎵᏉᎩᏃᏈᏏ ᎾᎿ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᏔᎵᏍᎪᎯᏁ ᎾᎿᎢ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏅᏱ ᏧᏂᏒᏍᏗ & ᏧᏂᏆᎾᏲᏍᏗ ᏔᎳᏏᎢ.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎪᏪᎸ ᏧᏪᏘ ᏗᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᏓᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ Tom Mooney ᎠᏥᏁᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ Stalwart Award, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᏁᎰ “ᎪᎯᏓ ᎨᎳ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎬ,” ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ, ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ, ᎠᏂᏅᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᏁᏖᎵᏙ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎩ” ᎾᎿ CHC’S ᎤᏂᏁᏉᏤᎲᎢ.
Mooney ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎳ ᎾᎿ CHC ᏦᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎪᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎯᎠ “ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗ” ᎠᏃᏎᎰᎢ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎩᏓ ᎩᏒ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᏧᏩᎪᏔᏅᏒᎢ.
“Ꭳ ᎦᏏ, Ꮭ ᎭᏩ ᎬᏇᎵᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎨᎵᏍᎬ John Ketcher ᎤᎩᏎ ᎡᏘ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏣᏂ ᎢᎬᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ, Ꮭ ᎠᏯ ᏱᎦᎦᎳᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏪᏙᎸ ᏙᎯᏳ Ꮭ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎾᏅᏛ ᎠᏂᏁᏥᏙ ᎠᏂᎾ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏱᎸᏒ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏕᏣᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ …. ᎠᎩᏍᏆᏂᎪᏒᎢ.
CNHS ᎠᏂᏁᏥᏙ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏅᏙ ᏧᎴᏅᎲ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏓᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ ᏧᎦᏎᏍᏗ, ᏚᏂᏁᎥ ᎦᏲᏟ ᎨᏒ ᏅᎩ ᏗᏎᎯᏍᏗ ᎧᎵ ᎩᎶ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏃᏪᎳᏅ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎢ. ᏃᏊᏃ ᏥᎩ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸ ᏓᎧᎵᎠ.
ᎠᎦᏔᎾᎢ ᎠᏏᎾᏍᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᏔᎾ ᏧᎾᏁᏍᎨᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏔᎾ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎯᎢ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏯᏛᏁᎯ “Charles “Chief” Boyd ᎤᎩᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎪᏪᎵᏍᎬ ᎪᏢᏙᏗ ᎠᏏᎾᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏁᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎦᎵᎡᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏗ ᎪᏢᏅᏗ ᎠᏂᏏᎾᏍᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ ᎨᎦᏑᏰᏍᎪ ᎨᏥᏅᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏧᏲᎮᎸᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ.
Boyd ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᏁᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ Amphitheater ᏧᏙᏢᏒ, ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏧᏙᏢ ᏣᏓᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏚᎲᎢ. Boyd ᎤᏛᏅ ᎤᏪᎳᏗᏙᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ CNHS ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎦᎵᎡᎵᏍᏓ.
“ᎠᎩᎨᏳᎯ ᎯᎠ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒ ᎠᏂᏃᎲᏍᎩ …….. ᎤᏙᏢᏃᎾ ᎠᎪᎯᎳ ᎾᏃ (ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᎢ) ᎾᏍᎩᎠᎾᎵᏏᏅᏗᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒ ᏄᎾᏕᏁᎵᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ,” ᎤᏛᏅ. ‘ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᎸᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏁᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ.”
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ/ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ Robert Lewis ᎤᏁᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏔᎲ ᎪᏪᎳ ᎠᏥᏅᏁᎴᎢ, ᎠᎪᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎬ, ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏍᎩ.
Lewis ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏛᎦᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎩᏟ ᎤᏗᏢᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏧᏙᎩᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏓ ᎤᏃᎮᏢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎸᏢ ᎤᏁᏅᏎ. ᎾᎯᏳᏃ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏗᎧᏃᎮᏢᏅ ᎤᎸᏉᏔᏁ ᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᎪᎢ.
ᎤᏛᏅᏃ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏎ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏥᏅᏁᎴ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᏥᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏍᎬ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎪᎯᏓ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ Ꮎ ᏗᎧᏃᎯᏎᎸᏁᎯ ᎨᏎ ᎠᏢ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ CHC.
Lewis ᎤᏛᏅ “ᎢᎦ ᎤᏓᏅᏗ ᎠᎵᎮᎬ’’ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏒᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ.
“ᎠᏯᏃ (ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏁᏗ) ᏂᎦᏓ ᎨᏥᏛᎦ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. “ ᎨᎵᎠ ᏫᏓᎧᏃᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏦᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ( CHC)”
ᎾᏍᎩ CNHS ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏅ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎦ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ “ᎤᎾᏚᎸᎮ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᏙᏢᎯ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎵᏙᎸ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ.”