Dance academy performs play in Cherokee, English
Cherokee Nation citizens Bretly Crawford, who played Peter, and Sydney Terry, who played the bird, dance together in a recent production of “Peter and the Wolf,” which was performed in English and Cherokee for the Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School students in Tahlequah, Okla. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Sinihele Rhoades, who has been dancing since age 4, portrays the grandfather in a recent “Peter and the Wolf” production at Tahlequah, Okla. Rhoades is currently Little Miss Cherokee Ambassador and attends the Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Erin Wilcox dances to dramatic music as the wolf character in a recent “Peter and the Wolf” production in Tahlequah, Okla. Each character in the story had a particular instrument and musical theme that played while they performed. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Erin Wilcox, the wolf, chases the bird and cat character up a tree the story during a production of “Peter and the Wolf,” which was performed recently for the Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Erin Wilcox, the wolf, wipes her mouth after eating the duck in a production of “Peter and the Wolf,” which was performed in English and Cherokee for the Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School students. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Students who performed in the recent production of “Peter and the Wolf” take a bow. All but two of the performers were Cherokee Nation citizens. As part of its outreach program, Encore! Performing Society recently performed the play in English and Cherokee for the Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School students. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – As part of its outreach program, the Encore! Performing Society recently performed “Peter and the Wolf” in the Cherokee and English languages for Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School students.
“(The) immersion (school) is, for this year, our final stop in our outreach program. And the reason we want to do it in Cherokee is because our communities have the majority population of Cherokee, and we are lucky enough to have a second language in a school that conducts training in second language,” Lena Gladkova-Huffman, Encore! Performing Society director, said.
Encore! Performing Society is part of the Academy of Performing Arts, a Tahlequah dance studio. Gladkova-Huffman, its director, is originally from Russia where she studied dance.
“Encore! Performing Society is a young organization,” she said. “We’ve only been around for two years and for the two years we’ve been bringing different ballet and dance productions to the communities of northeastern Oklahoma.”
The APA provides instruction in Russian ballet, international ballroom, tap, musical theater, contemporary and Irish dance. It also offers recreational classes and almost half of its students are CN citizens.
“I, myself, am from Russia and I am a second language speaker all the time, so I love to not only support the artistic point and the aspect of this very educational program but the second language of it as well,” Gladkova-Huffman said.
The story “Peter and the Wolf” is about a young man who lives at his grandfather’s home. One day, Peter goes into the meadow, which presents the cat, bird and duck. After leaving the garden gate open, Peter’s grandfather scolds him for being in the meadow where a wolf could appear.
After his grandfather takes him back into the house and locks the gate a wolf appears and chases the animals eventually catching the duck.
Peter fetches a rope and climbs over the garden wall into the tree, and with the help of the bird, is able to tie up the wolf. Some hunters, who have been tracking the wolf, come out of the forest ready to shoot, but Peter gets them to help him take the wolf to a zoo instead.
Performers consisted of CN citizens Bretly Crawford, who played Peter; Sydney Terry, who played the bird; Clistia Geary, who played the duck and a hunter; Hadley Hume, who played the cat; Sinihele Rhoades, who played the grandfather; and Conlie Smith and Noelia Lopez who played hunters.
Erin Wilcox played the wolf and Gracie Davenport also played the duck.
“Our dance director and choreographer choses who gets what part,” Hume, who has been dancing for almost eight years, said. “She just chose by how the dancers danced and got into character.”
Hume, 13, added that to help her for her role, she watched a cat that lives around her house.
Before the dancers performed in English, the story was told to the immersion students in Cherokee. The students also got the chance to say what each character was in Cherokee.
“All of those characters, our students are all familiar with those words because those are in our vocabulary terms that we learn at our immersion school,” Helena McCoy, immersion school teacher, said.
Immersion school staff members helped translate the production into Cherokee after CN citizen Teri Rhoades asked to have it translated.
Teri is Sinihele’s mother. Sinihele has been dancing since she was 4 and is the current Little Miss Cherokee Ambassador. She also attends the immersion school.
“This one, to us, is the most special because Sini goes to the immersion school and she’s dancing here for her friends and they get to see her dance,” Teri said. “Because I came up with the idea of bringing it to the immersion school, we were kind of worried about it because it was in English, so I asked to have ‘Peter and the Wolf’ translated and the principal, Holly Davis, and Tony Workman (academic counselor) worked with Lena, over at the dance school, to have it done so that it could be read in Cherokee whereas before in was in English. That way the immersion kids could relate to it both ways and relate to the Cherokee language being applied to the arts.”
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎤᏓᏂᏴᏛ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏢᎬ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏊ! ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᏞᎬ ᎤᎾᏛᏁᎸᏅ ᎯᎠ “ᏈᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏩᎭᏯ” ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᎵᏏ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏣᎳᎪᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓᏁᎲ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ.
“(Ꮎ) ᏣᎳᎩᎭ (ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ) ᎾᎿ, ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ, ᎣᏂ ᎣᎦᎴᏫᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏙᏯᏅᎯᏍᏗᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎣᎦᏚᎵ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏲᎦᏛᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎣᎦᏤᎵ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎪᏛ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏁᎲ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏦᎩᎭ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏩᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ,” Lena Gladkova-Huffman, ᏏᏊ! ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎬ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ, ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.
ᏏᏊ! ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏔᎾ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎩ. ᏓᎵᏆ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗ ᎪᏢᏒᎢ.
Gladkova-Huffman, ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏙᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩ Russia ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎩᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᏏᏊ! ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎦ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏔᎵᎭᏃ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏃᏤᏙᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏇᎴᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᏍᎩᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎧᎸᎬ ᎣᎸᎵᎰᎹ.”
Ꮎ APA ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ Russia ᏇᎴᎢ, ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᏧᏔᎾ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗᎢ, ᏖᏇ, ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᏃᏊ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏆᏂᏯ Irish ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎩ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏒᏓ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏯᏂ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ.
“ᎠᏯ, ᎠᏋᏌ, ᎾᎿ Russia .ᏛᎩᎶᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ, ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎦᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎤᎾᏙᎴᎯ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Gladkova-Huffman.
ᎯᎠ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏅ “ᏈᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎭᏯ” ᎾᎿ ᎧᏃᎮᎯ ᎠᏫᏄᏥ ᎦᏁᎴᎢ ᎤᏛᏛ ᎤᏫᏒ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ. ᏌᏊ ᎢᎦ ᏈᏓ ᎤᏪᏅᏎ ᏠᎨᏏ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎲ ᏪᏌ, ᏥᏍᏆ, ᎠᎴ ᎧᏬᏄ. ᏃᏊᏃ ᎤᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏠᎨᏌ ᏫᎦᎶᏍᎩ, ᏈᏓ ᎤᏚᏓ ᎤᏍᎦᏤ ᎾᎿ ᎡᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏩᎭᏯ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎬᏩᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.
ᏃᏊᏃ ᎤᏚᏓ ᎤᏘᏅᏌ ᏧᏓᎴᎸᎢᏗᏝ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏓᏯ ᎤᏍᏚᏁ ᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏬᏩᏃ ᏩᏠᏯ ᎤᎷᏤ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎩᎯᏙᎴ ᎦᎾᏢᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏬᏅ ᎤᏂᏴᎮᎢ.
ᏈᏓ ᏭᏁᏎᏍᏕᏱᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎾᎳᏛᎮ ᎠᏫᏒᏗ ᎠᏐᏴᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏡᎬ ᏭᎩᎸᏁ, ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏍᏕᎸᎮ ᏧᏍᏆ, ᎡᎵᏊ ᎤᎾᏢᏁ ᏩᎭᏯ. ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏃᎭᏂᏙᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏃᎷᏂᏙᎲ ᏩᏯ, ᎤᏂᏄᎪᏤ ᎤᎾᎨ ᎤᎾᎵᏁᏅᏕ ᎤᏂᏲᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏈᏓ ᏚᏔᏲᏎᎴ ᎬᏩᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎤᎾᏗᏩᏫᏗ ᏩᎭᏯ ᎾᎿ zoo Ꭲ ᎾᎿᎢ.
ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ Bretly Crawford, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏚᏁᎶᏁ ᏈᏓ; Sydney Terry, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏁᎶᏁ ᏧᏍᏆ; Clistia Geary, ᎾᎿ ᏚᏁᎶᏁ ᎧᏬᏄ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ; Hadley Hume, ᎾᎿ ᏪᏆ ᎨᏎᎢ; Sinihele Rhodes, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏂᏚᏓ ᎨᏎᎢ; ᎠᎴ Connie Smith ᎠᎴ Noelia Lopez ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏁᎶᏁ ᎠᏂᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ.
Erin Wilcox ᏚᏁᎶᏁ ᏩᎭᏯ ᎠᎴ Gracie Davenport ᎾᏍᏊ ᏚᏁᎶᏁ ᎧᏬᏄᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎩ ᏗᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏲᎯᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᎧᎲᏍᎩ ᏗᏑᏱᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏁᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ,” Hume, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎪᎢ, ᎤᏛᏅ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏑᏰᏒ ᏄᏍᏛᏊ ᏓᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎩᏍᎬ ᎠᏥᏁᎲ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.”
Hume, 13, ᎤᏛᏅ ᎤᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎢᎬᏩᏛᏗ ᎨᏒ, ᎤᎦᏙᏍᏛ ᏪᏌ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏪᏅᏒ ᎾᎥᎢ.
ᏏᏃ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᎩᏓ ᎠᎩᎵᏏ, ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏍᎩ ᏕᎧᏃᎯᏎᎲ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎭᎢ ᏂᎬᏁᎲ.
ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏍᏆ ᎤᎾᎳᏅᏓᏕᎭ ᎤᏂᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎭᎢ.
“ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ, ᏦᎦᏤᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏅᏔ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎾᏂᏪᏍᎬ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ,” Helena Mcoy, ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ, ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.
ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᎲ ᎠᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᎣᏂ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Terri Rhodes ᏚᏬᏎᎸ ᎤᎾᏁᎸᏙᏗᎢ.
Terri ᎾᏍᎩ Sinihele’s ᎤᏥ. Sinihele ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎪ ᏅᎩ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏍᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏅᏏᏓ. ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎯᎠ, ᎾᎿ ᎨᏒ, ᎾᎿ ᎤᎪᏗᏗ ᎤᏤᏟᏓ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ Sini ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᎩᏍᎬ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏧᎵᎢ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᎪᏘᏍᎪ ᎠᎵᏍᎩᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Terri.
“ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎠᎩᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎢᎬᏱ ᎣᎦᏓᏅᏖᏔᏅ ᎠᎩᎵᏏ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᏆᏓᏛᏛᏅ ᎾᎿ “ᏈᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏲ ᎤᎾᏁᎶᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏄᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎦ, Holly Davis, ᎠᎴ Tony Workman (academic counselor) ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎨᎳ Lena, ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏃᏊᏃ ᎠᎩᎵᏏ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᎳ ᏧᎾᏛᎪᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎬᎢ.”