Sixkiller recognized for 10 years as CN radio show host
July marks the 10-year anniversary of Cherokee Nation citizen Dennis Sixkiller hosting the tribe’s “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds" radio show. Sixkiller is a fluent Cherokee speaker. COURTESY
BY STAFF REPORTS
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation recently recognized Dennis Sixkiller’s 10-year milestone as radio show host of “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds,” which is an hour-long program in both the Cherokee and English languages and includes Cherokee music, interviews with elder speakers and information on CN community news.
In July 2004, Sixkiller broadcast his first radio show. “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds” is the only program in Oklahoma to air in the Cherokee language.
“It was the first time I recorded a radio show, and I was so nervous. I had no clue what to say,” Sixkiller said.
Sixkiller, a native of Jay, grew up with Cherokee as his first spoken language. He was not exposed to English until first grade. He learned to read and write the Cherokee syllabary in 2001 through CN classes. He started working for the tribe 23 years ago before being approached to host the radio show.
“When I was first asked to do the program, I thought it was a joke,” he said. “But when offered the opportunity again I said I would try, and I’ve been trying for 10 years now.”
Sixkiller now works in the Communications Department, recording his shows weekly and works part time in language translation.
Since the program started airing, it has exposed the Cherokee language and culture to people around the world.
“It may be the only place outside of the Cherokee Nation for many people to hear the language,” Sixkiller said. “I’ve had people call from as far away as Canada and Australia to say they listen. One guy called from Canada to say hearing all the Cherokee songs on the show is so refreshing that it’s like standing in a shower. People from everywhere say they like to listen.”
The radio program airs on five stations within the Nation’s jurisdiction and can be heard on http://www.cherokee.org/News/RadioShow.aspx
KEOK 102.1 FM – Sundays, 8 to 9 a.m.
KTLQ 1350 AM – Sundays, noon to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 5 to 6 p.m.
KRSC 91.3 FM – Sundays, noon to 1 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 to 9 a.m.
KGND 1470 AM – Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.
KWON 1400 AM – Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᏞᎬ ᎤᎾᎵᎮᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎼᏏ ᏑᏓᎵᏗᎯ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎾᎿ RadioᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏚᏙᎥ “ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏁᎬ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏚᏃᏴᎬᎢ,” ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏑᏟᎶᏓ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏩᏥ ᎤᏪᏅᏍᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎪ ᎢᏧᎳ ᏣᎳᎩᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᎵᏏ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏙ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏓ, ᏃᎴ ᏓᏟᏃᎮᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᎾᏔᎾᏯ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎾᏅᏔ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎥ ᏄᎾᏓᎴᏫᏒ ᏓᏂᏁᎸ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎪᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎫᏰᏉᏂ ᎧᎸ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏅᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏑᏓᎵᏗᎯ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏬᏂᏒ ᎤᏃᎮᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ RadioᎢ. “ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏁᎬ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏚᏃᏴᎬᎢ” ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏩᏌ RadioᎢ ᎣᎸᎵᎰᎹ ᎨᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏓᎩᏂᏴᏔᏅ ᎠᎩᏬᏂᏒ ᎾᎿ RadioᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᏥᏍᎦᎲ ᎠᎩᎾᏫᏍᎬ. Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏯᏆᏅᏖ ᏯᎩᏪᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏑᏓᎵᏗᎯ.
ᏑᏓᎵᏗᎯ, ᎾᎿ ᏜᏯᎬ ᎡᎯᏯ, ᎤᏛᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏬᏂᏒᎢ. ᏝᏃ ᎠᎩᎵᏏ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᎤᏛᏒ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎩᎳ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏚᏕᎶᏆᎢ. ᎤᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎤᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᏪᎶᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ. ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᏧᏕᏘᏯᏓ ᎨᎳ ᎠᎪᏎᎸ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎤᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ RadioᎢᎢ.
“ᎢᎬᏱ ᎥᏆᏛᏛᎾ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏯᏆᏛᏗ, ᎠᏎᏊ ᎾᏂᏪ ᎨᎵᏍᎬ,” ᎤᏛᏅ. “ᎠᏎᏃ ᏏᏊ ᎥᏆᏛᏛᎾ ᎠᎩᏁᏨ ᏱᎦᏁᎶᏗᏛ ᎠᏆᏛᏅ, ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏂᎦᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪᎢ.”
ᏑᏓᎵᏗᎯ ᏃᏊ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁ Communications ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ, ᏕᎦᏂᏴᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏬᏂᏒ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎬ, ᎤᎪᏓ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏂᎬᎾᏛᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏊᏃ ᎤᏩᏌ ᏯᏙᏢᏍᎦ ᏙᏯᏗᏢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎾᏛᎪᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏑᏓᎵᏗᎯ. “ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏃ ᏗᎾᏟᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᎢᏅᎯ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏯᏛᎾ Canada ᎠᎴ Australia ᎬᎩᏃᎯᏎᎰ ᎠᎾᏛᏓᏍᏗᏍᎬ RadioᎢ. ᏌᏊ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏓᏳᏟᏃᎮᏢ Canada ᎡᎯ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᏕᎦᏛᏓᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗ Ꮎ RadioᎢ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏠᏯᏊ ᏥᎦᏓᏬᏍᎪ ᏥᏥᏙᎪ ᎠᎹ ᏥᏓᎦᏍᏚᏟᎪᎢ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏂᎬᎢ ᏗᏁᎯ ᎬᎩᏃᎯᏎᎰ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏛ ᏧᎾᏛᏓᏍᏙᏗᎢ.”
ᎯᎠ RadioᎢ ᏥᏬᏂᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏂᏚᏙᏢᎭ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏝ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏓᏟᎶᎥ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏛᎪᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ
KEOK 102.1FM-- ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏁᎬ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏌᎾᎴ.
KTLQ 1350AM--- ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬᎢ, ᎢᎦ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ., ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢᏁᎢᎦ, ᎯᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏒᎯᏱᏯ.
KRSC 91.3 FM--- ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬ, ᎢᎦ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ, ᎠᎴ ᏙᏓᏈᏕᎾ, ᏧᏁᎳ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏒᎯᏱᏯ.
KGND 1470 AM --- ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬ, ᏐᏁᎳ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏌᎾᎴᎢ.
KWON 1400 AM--- ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬ, ᏐᏁᎳ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏌᎾᎴᎢ.