2016 ‘Birds of the Cherokee Nation’ calendar available

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
11/09/2015 02:29 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The 2016 “Birds of the Cherokee Nation” calendar is now available at select Oklahoma gift shops. The calendar consists of photographs of birds and their names in the Cherokee syllabary and in English phonetics. COURTESY
WARNER, Okla. – Two Cherokee men are building on the success they had in 2014 with their “Birds of the Cherokee Nation” calendar and are offering a 2016 version.

The calendar consists of photographs of area birds and their Cherokee names in the tribe’s syllabary. Jeff Davis, of Warner, and David Cornsilk, of Tahlequah, collaborated on the calendar. Cornsilk researched the Cherokee names for the birds and Davis provided the photographs.

“Last year’s calendar was very well received. This year’s calendar features 14 different birds. I’ve had numerous people thank me for publishing it and said they were looking forward to this 2016 edition,” Davis said.

Because he descends from the Cherokee Bird Clan, Davis said, as a photographer, birds are some of his favorite subjects. Davis, who is also an artist and descendant of Principal Chief John Ross, said a reason for doing the calendar in 2014 was to help promote the language.

When living in Kenwood in Delaware County, Cornsilk said he listened to Cherokee speakers talk about birds and the meaning of their names. He said he noticed the older speakers knew a lot of birds’ names but younger speakers knew hardly any.

Out of concern for the Cherokee language, Cornsilk began collecting bird names in Cherokee for a book he thought he would write. He then decided to collaborate with Davis, who already had local bird photos, to make the calendar.

Davis said many Cherokee speakers just use the word jee-squa, which means bird, for every bird. He said he hopes the calendar helps people learn how the Cherokee names of different birds living in northeastern Oklahoma.

Each bird in the calendar has a Cherokee syllabary and English phonetic name, as well as an explanation of what the bird means to the Cherokee.

On the calendar’s back cover is a copy of the Cherokee syllabary to help translate the bird names and the months in Cherokee listed with the photos. Also included in the calendar is a list of moons associated with each month and what Cherokee beliefs are associated with each moon. Cherokee translator William Eubanks compiled those beliefs in the 1890s, and Cherokee linguist Lawrence Panther translated the calendar’s name.

The calendars are available for $10 at the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop, Cherokee Heritage Center Gift Shop, and the Spider Gallery in Tahlequah. By mail order, the price is $12.95 each, which includes shipping. PayPal or postal money orders are accepted. For PayPal send payment to entimeart@gmail.com, and to mail payment, send to: J. Davis, P.O. Box 492, Warner OK 74469.
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WARNER, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎠᏂᏔᎵᏃ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 2014 ᏧᏂᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏅ “ᏥᏍᏆ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ” ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ 2016 ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏧᏠᏱ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᏥᏚᏃᏢᏅᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏕᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᏗ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᏕᎪᏪᎳ. Jeff Davis, Warnar ᎡᎯ, ᎠᎴ David Cornsilk, ᏓᎵᏆ ᎡᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ. Cornsilk Z ᎤᎦᏛᏂᏙᎸᎢ ᏚᏩᏛᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᏗ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ Davis Ꮓ ᏚᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏗᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎢ.

“ᎡᏘᏴᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏥᏚᏂᏅᏂᏙᎸ ᎣᏏ ᏚᏂᏰᎸᏅᎢ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ 14 Ꮪ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᏅᏓ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏕᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏕᏍᏗ. ᎤᏂᏣᏘᏃ ᏴᏫ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏓᎩᎴᏴᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᎦᏖᏃᎲᎢ ᎯᎠ 2016 ᏗᎦᎴᏴᏔᏅᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Davis.

ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏥᏍᏆ ᏧᏴᏫ ᏥᎩ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Davis, ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᎩ, ᏥᏍᏆᏃ ᏚᎸᏉᏙᏗ ᏧᏃᎮᏗᎢ. Davis,Z ᎾᏍᏊ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏣᏂ ᎫᏫᏍᎫᏫ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᎢ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏰᏓᏛᎢ ᏥᏕᎪᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᎯᏳ 2014 ᏥᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᎫᏍᏛᏍᎬᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ.

ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᏳᏩᏏ ᎠᏆᏂᎩᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏥᏗᎦᏁᎸᎢ, Cornsilk ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏛᏓᏍᏕᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏥᏍᏆ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏕᎦᏛᎬᎢ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ. ᎤᏕᎶᎰᏒᏃ ᎤᎾᏓᏂᎵᎨᎢ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏗᏃᏟᎩᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏥᏍᏆ’ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎥᏝ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏱᏚᎾᏔ.

ᎤᏪᎵᎯᏍᎬᏃ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ, Cornsilk ᎤᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏬᏪᎶᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏭᎪᏔᏅᎢ Davis ᏧᎾᎵᏍᎸᏗᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏳᎳ ᏚᎾᎡᎢ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏗᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏃᏢᏗ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ.

Davis Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ Ꮎ jee-squa ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ, ᏥᏍᏆᏊ ᎠᏗᎠ ᎯᎠ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ, ᎾᏂᎥᏊ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏗᎪᏎᏗ. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏩᏒ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏥᎩ ᎤᏂᏣᏘ ᎬᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏥᏍᏆ ᎠᏁᎲᎢ ᎤᏴᏢᎢᎧᎸᎬ ᏗᏜ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ.
ᎤᏤᏟᏓᎭ ᏥᏍᏆ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏓᎦᏟᎶᏍᏛᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎩᎵᏏ ᎬᏗ ᏚᎾᏙᎠ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏠᏯᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎦᏛᎬᎢ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᏗ.

ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎣᎾᏗᏢᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏚᏃᏴᎬᎢ ᏕᎪᏪᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᏁᏟᏙᏗ ᏥᏍᏆ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏁᎬᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᏗ ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏗᎨᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏥᏍᏆ. ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏙᎪᏪᎳ ᏅᏓ ᎤᏒ ᎡᎯ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏁᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏃᎯᏳᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏅᏓ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᎢ. ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏁᏟᏗᏍᎩ William Eubanks ᏚᏬᏪᎳᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏃᎯᏳᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ 1890s, ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏏᎾᏏ Lawrence Panther ᎤᏁᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏅᏓ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Gift Shop $10 ᏧᎬᏩᏟᏗ, ᏣᎳᎩ Heritage Center Gift Shop, ᎠᎴ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎧᎿᏁᏍᎩ Spider Gallery ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏓᎵᏆ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏴᏓᏅᏍᎦ, ᏚᎬᏩᏟᏛᎢ $12.95 ᏌᏭᎭᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏌᏙᏍᎬᎢ.

PayPal ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏓᏅᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏭ ᏱᏓᎾᏓᏂᎸᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎬᏗ PayPal ᏫᎦᏅᏗ ᎠᏈᏴᏙᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ entimerat@gmail.com, ᎠᎴ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ mail payment, ᏫᎦᏅᏁᏗ: J. Davis, P.O. Box 492, Warner Ok 74469.

About the Author
Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. 

For many years h ...
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Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. For many years h ...

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