Free Cherokee language class teaches basics
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.
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