CHEROKEE, N.C. – The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has announced its debut Winter Lecture Series, a free and exclusively virtual program held on select Wednesdays in December 2021, January 2022 and February 2022. 

Under the theme of “Cultural and Language Preservation and Revitalization,” the series features panelists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Cherokee Nation communities exploring the necessity of cultural and language preservation and revitalization. 

“This subject is of the utmost importance,” said Aniyuwiyahi Community Program Coordinator Jenn Wilson. “If we can encourage a greater interest and enthusiasm for it, then we can make headway in pursuing the preservation and revitalization of our language and culture amongst our tribal community members. It is our goal through this endeavor to foster a closer relationship with our community at large and to become a safe space for them to research, learn and create.” 

The series kicks off at 3 p.m., Dec. 8 with EBCI Miss Cherokee 2021-2022 Tyra Maney sharing her platform through an interactive live Q&A session. 

December 8, 3 p.m. - Live Q&A with 2021-2022 Miss Cherokee Panelist: Miss Cherokee: Tyra Maney. She will lead a Q&A session focused on her platform of cultural revitalization and traditional practices that are endangered or have been lost due to colonization. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance to Jenn Wilson at jenn.wilson@mci.org.  

Dec. 15, 3 p.m. - Live Q&A with 2021-2022 EBCI Royalty
Panelists: Teen Miss Cherokee: Tsini McCoy, Junior Miss Cherokee: Makaula Lambert, Little Miss Cherokee: Trinnity Jackson
will discuss their pageant platforms. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance to Jenn Wilson at jenn.wilson@mci.org

Jan. 12, 3 p.m. - Language & Identity: Methods of Revitalization Panelists: Landon French, David Jumper Kelly Murphy. Join Cherokee language instructors as they consider methods for revitalization and the urgent need to put those methods into practice. 

Jan. 26, 3 p.m. - Art, Language, & Culture
Panelists: Roy Boney, Jeff Edwards, John Henry Gloyne, Keli Gonzales. How can language influence art? Award-winning Cherokee Nation and EBCI visual artists share how the Cherokee language and syllabary inform and inspire their work. 

Feb. 16, 3 p.m. - Cultural Preservation Panelists to be announced What is culture? Speakers discuss historic cultural aspects, methods of preservation and revitalization and how Cherokee culture appears today. 

All events are free of charge and hosted virtually on Airmeet. Space is limited, and attendees may register for each panel they would like to attend. Additional information, including panelist bios, can be found at https://mci.org/learn/programming