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Language: Cherokee

  • Apr 06, 2012
  • 01:26 PM

Immersion students win trophies at language fair

Will Chavez / Cherokee Phoenix
“Our children at the Cherokee Nation immersion program have so much fun every year. ONAYLF has been so far the only place outside the school that offers our kids a place where they can practice their language in a public setting,” said parent Andrew Sikora, whose son Sean participated at the fair with the sixth grade class. “I will not exaggerate if I say that ONAYLF is a language highlight of the year.”
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 11:32 AM

Cherokee translator making up for lost time

Cherokee Phoenix
The result of her children’s generation not learning to speak Cherokee is a language gap between her generation and the generation of children attending the Cherokee Language Immersion School. The future of the language may rest in the hands of the 100 or so students at the immersion school, and Edwards said she is happy to support the school and enjoys visiting the students.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 11:48 AM

‘Character’ Study: Author Ellen Cushman is Fascinated With Cherokee Writing

Roy Boney Jr. / Indian Country Today Media
I wanted to trace the visual lineage of the glyphs. How did they move from longhand to shorthand? What aspects were retained? How might their visual lineage help users remember the 86 characters, when on the face of it, the print seemed so different from the script? It was that mystery of how it was learned so dang quickly and how there was no lag in reading and writing rates after it moved to print.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 11:41 AM

Book Strips Away the Myth Surrounding the Cherokee Syllabary

Roy Boney Jr. / Indian Country Today Media
It was the great Sequoyah (ca. 1770–1843) who invented the Cherokee syllabary, thereby making reading and writing in that language possible. He labored on his creation for years while his peers derided his efforts, some going so far as to denounce it as witchcraft.
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 11:56 PM

Pen pal program connects Cherokee youth

Scott / Cherokee One Feather
A recent pen pal program with the Cherokee Nation’s language immersion school has the students connecting with each other in unique ways. First off, all of the letters are written and addressed in the Cherokee language. “The intent of the two programs, since we started this school, was to make sure the students knew they weren’t the only ones their age that were speaking Cherokee fluently...
  • Mar 16, 2012
  • 06:45 PM

NSU students read in Cherokee with immersion students

Tesina Jackson / Cherokee Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – To get students to learn the Cherokee language, a kindergarten class at the Cherokee Nation Immersion School got the chance to sit and read books in Cherokee with Northeastern State University students.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 04:51 PM

Revitalization Opportunities Abound for the Cherokee Language

Indian Country Today Media
In an effort to further preserve the Cherokee language, the Cherokee Nation Foundation has created a reading center featuring audio books, purchased digital textbooks and will publish an ethnobotany book—all in Cherokee.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 01:01 AM

Translation specialist set on preserving Cherokee language

Will Chavez / Cherokee Phoenix
Ross handles historic documents perhaps hundreds of years old while embracing the latest technology that helps him do his job. The translators use Apple iPhones and iPads and computers with the Cherokee syllabary. He said the staff uses iPads to send emails in the syllabary to other Cherokee language users.
  • Jan 09, 2012
  • 03:21 PM

Language specialists racing to save Cherokee language

Cherokee Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation language specialists are working with the universities of Kansas and Oklahoma to document unique phonological features of the Cherokee language – its tonal qualities and vowel sounds. For two decades, the CN has sought expertise to revitalize its language. Surveys count nearly 300,000 CN citizens, but few under age 40 have conversational use of the language.
  • Dec 27, 2011
  • 10:51 AM

Achievements Abound for Native American Languages in 2011

Indian Country Today Media
Even though statistics say Native American languages are endangered and the U.S. Census says there are less than half a million speakers of Native languages in the country, there were a number of advancements in language revitalization and preservation throughout the year, a sampling of those are noted here:
  • Dec 13, 2011
  • 11:01 AM

Speakers Bureau keeps Cherokee language active

Jami Custer / Cherokee Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On the second Thursday each month, members of the Cherokee Speakers Bureau gather at Sequoyah School’s gym – “The Place Where They Play” – to speak Cherokee and visit. But to Cherokee Nation translator specialist John Ross it’s more than that.
  • Dec 07, 2011
  • 10:47 PM

NSU offers Cherokee language program

Tesina Jackson / Cherokee Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – In a cooperative effort between Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee Education Degree Program allows students to major in the Cherokee language and give them the capability to teach how to speak, read and write Cherokee.
  • Dec 06, 2011
  • 09:31 PM

Immersion School approved for charter school

Testina Jackson / Cherokee Phoenix
“Charter schools are formed for a specific need or purpose and ours happens to be the Cherokee language and history and culture. Charter schools are established out of need and our need here and focus is the Cherokee language.”
  • Nov 21, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

Racing to Save a Native American Language

Indian Country Today Media
“I think we have much better ways of documenting languages now than just writing it. Writing is important, but technology has helped us record the spoken voice in action and preserve it in many different ways,” Akira Yamamoto, professor emeritus of anthropology and linguistics at KU, said. He is on the linguistics team that is developing the CED. The latest effort—the Documenting Cherokee Tone Project—will add a spoken element to the 10,000 entries in the CED.
  • Aug 10, 2011
  • 12:15 PM

Native American Teacher Connects a New Generation With Cherokee Culture

Indian Country Today Media
The Cherokee Nation’s Teacher Enrichment Institute has inspired retired schoolteacher Susie Thompson to pass on her knowledge. Thompson, a Cherokee Nation citizen, spoke the native language until the age of 8, and now when she speaks it she says it “takes her back in time, creating a connection to her mother and grandmother,” states a Cherokee Nation press release.
  • Jul 29, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

Indigenous, non-English languages struggle to survive in U.S.

Jarondakie Patrick / Bellingham Herald
Indigenous and non-English languages such as Gullah — which originated with slaves from West Africa and includes some English — face a host of obstacles to survival in today's United States, including a lack of resources, the fact that most of the speakers are dying off and a stigma that the languages are for uneducated people. But some schools and programs are fighting that stigma and trying to preserve these languages for a new generation.
  • Jul 24, 2011
  • 01:50 PM

A visual narrative of the Cherokee language opens at Museum Center at Five Points on Saturday

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Mickel Yantz, curator of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Okla., juried and assembled the exhibit. The call for entries requested those submitting to illustrate the rich history of the Cherokee language in order that it survive in the future. The artists used a different character from the Cherokee syllabary as inspiration.
  • Jul 15, 2011
  • 01:18 PM

Sequoyah's Language Lost & Found: Carolina Graduate Students Reviving the Cherokee Language

Enelda Butler / The Fountain
...Both students have served as teaching assistants for UNC-Chapel Hill's undergraduate Cherokee language course. The class meets twice a week via videoconference, made possible through a partnership with Western Carolina University. The videoconferencing software enabled nine undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill to see, hear and interact...
  • Jun 23, 2011
  • 10:34 PM

Cherokees take action on charter school plan

Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton / Tulsa World
...The proposal calls for the school to serve as many as 170 students in prekindergarten through eighth grades, primarily from Cherokee, Adair, Muskogee and Sequoyah counties. Classes in the early grades are conducted completely in Cherokee, with English instruction introduced in the later elementary grades.
  • Jun 22, 2011
  • 11:22 PM

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to celebrate 25 years

Scott / The Cherokee One Feather
Although Sequoyah was exposed to the concept of writing early in his life, he never learned the English alphabet. It took him 12 years to create the writing system. The Cherokee Syllabary is 86 symbols which represents the different sounds in the Cherokee language.
  • Jun 15, 2011
  • 12:11 AM

Two conferences on revitalizing Cherokee and small-population languages

Jeff Fobes / Mountain Xpress
“Envisioning Language Revitalization” is the theme for a pair of June gatherings that will be held at Western Carolina University later focusing on efforts to preserve the languages of small populations.
  • May 10, 2011
  • 10:01 PM

Grad Student will study and teach Cherokee Language, thanks to new Fellowship

Scott / Cherokee One Feather
Brooke Bauer, a Ph.D. student in history in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, will spend part of her summer enrolled in an intensive Cherokee language course offered by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
  • May 07, 2011
  • 12:01 AM

Codename Geronimo

Song Pyeong-in /
The Cherokee language, which is on the verge of extinction, was very useful for U.S. troops during World War I. They used Cherokees, dubbed “code talkers,” to exchange secret messages in the Cherokee language at the Battle of the Somme.
  • May 06, 2011
  • 10:37 PM

NSU holds 39th annual American Indian symposium

Tesina Jackson / Cherokee Phoenix
...NSU instructor Harry Oosahwee presented a Cherokee Language Forum where fluent Cherokee speakers from Oklahoma and North Carolina gave the audience a chance to hear and experience the language in different dialects.
  • Apr 24, 2011
  • 12:54 AM

Student performs Cherokee song at NSU symposium

Tesina Jackson / Cherokee Phoenix
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Throughout the Northeastern State University Annual Symposium on the American Indian, new ideas are presented and discussed by guests, instructors and students. This year was the first year a student presented a song she had written in Cherokee.
  • Apr 20, 2011
  • 12:16 AM

Seven Years! New Kituwah Academy celebrates anniversary

Scott McKie B.P. / Cherokee One Feather
On April 19, 2004, the Cherokee Language Immersion school opened with one classroom and seven students. It was housed in the Dora Reed Childcare Center. Now, seven years later, the school – now named the New Kituwah Academy – has 58 students ranging in age from 8 ½ months to 7 years.
  • Apr 19, 2011
  • 06:50 PM

Immersion students see variety of experiences

Will Chavez / Cherokee Phoenix
NORMAN, Okla. – Providing different avenues for students to shine and gain new experiences is the mission of Cherokee Nation Immersion School. One of those avenues was participating in the ninth annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair.