Youth choir invited to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/07/2013 02:09 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – For the second time, the Cherokee National Youth Choir has been invited to travel to New York City and sing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“We are thrilled to be invited back to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” choir Director Mary Kay Henderson said. “It is very humbling, and our students take the opportunity very seriously. They know they are representing the Cherokee Nation on the parade route.”

The choir originally participated in the parade in 2007, and this year, the group practiced weekly and held numerous fundraisers. The tribe will underwrite the majority of the trip.

The choir, which currently has 28 members, was founded in 2000 to keep youth interested in the culture and involved with speaking the Cherokee language. The choir has produced 11 albums, with the most recent being “Cherokee America” in 2012.

The song choice for the 2.5-mile parade won’t be revealed until on the parade route.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ , ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ . - ᏔᎵᏁᏃ , ᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏗᎾᏛᏗᎩ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᏗᎨᏥᏯᏂᎭ ᏄᏯᎩ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᎬᎾ ᏗᎦᏰᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᎪᎯ ᏄᏯᎩ ᏕᎦᎳᏅᏛᎢ ᏣᎾᎯᎴᎪᎢ .

“ ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎣᎩᏰᎸᎭ ᏏᏊ ᏗᎣᎩᏯᏂᎲᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ Macey’s ᎬᎾ ᏗᎦᏰᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᎪᎯ ᏄᏯᎩ ᏕᎦᎳᏅᏛᎢ ᏣᎾᎯᎴᎪᎢ ,” ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ Mary Kay Henderson ᏄᏪᏛᏒᎢ . “ ᎢᏙᏳᏃ Ꮭ ᎠᏢᏉᏙᏗ ᏱᎩ , ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟᏃ ᏦᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗᏃ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᏱᏗᎨᏥᏯᏅᎯ . ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳᏃ ᎨᏒ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏅᎲᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏣᎾᎯᎴᎪᎢ .”

2007Ꮓ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏱᎢ ᎤᏁᎳᏛᎢ , ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ , ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᏑᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏁᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᎵᎩᏐᏗᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ .ᎾᏃ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢᏃ ᏭᎪᏛᏃ ᏛᎾᏈᏴᎯ ᏩᏁᏙᎲᎢ .

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ , ᎾᏊᎨᏒᎢ 28 ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᎠᏁᎳ , ᏧᎾᎴᏅᎲᎢᏃ 2000 ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎾᏚᏟᏗᎢ . ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ 11ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᎩᏍ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏚᏂᏄᎪᏫᏏ , ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ “ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᎺ”ᏉᎯ “ ᎾᎯᏳ 2012 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ .

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏒᎢ ᏥᎩ ᎥᏝ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᎬᏁᎸᎯ ᏱᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎩᎳ ᎾᎯᏳᏴᎢ 2.5 ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎾᎯᎸᏒᎢ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏒᎢ ᎩᎳ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏛᏅᏁᎵ .

ᎤᎪᏗᏃ ᏲᎦᏛᎲᏍᎦ , ᏩᏟᏃᎮᏗ Henderson ᎥᎿ 918-772-4172 ᎠᎴ ᏱᎩ email marykay-henderson@cherokee.org.

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