Free Cherokee language class teaches basics

08/11/2015 12:00 PM
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Cherokee Nation Language Specialist Lawrence Panther teaches a Cherokee language class at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Okla., on July 30. BRITTNEY BENNETT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
COLCORD, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Language Specialist Lawrence Panther taught a final Cherokee language class at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Okla., on July 30 as part of a six-week effort to teach participants the basics of the Cherokee language.

The classes began June 18 and were free to the public. Classes were held 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday and Saturday at the museum.

Panther is a self-taught speaker and said he became determined to learn the syllabary after being unable to read it when asked.

“From then on, I knew I needed to learn Cherokee,” he said.

In addition to working for the Cherokee Nation, Panther is also a Cherokee language instructor at Stilwell High School.

The next series of classes will begin in October.

For more information, call 918-232-6909 or email panther@nsuok.edu.