Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People is a groundbreaking series inviting you to discover the rich traditions and compelling modern advancements of the Cherokee people told through a documentary lens. The edutainment show features the people, places, history, language and culture of the Cherokee Nation, the largest federally recognized tribe in the US with more than 460,000 citizens. Cherokee culture comes alive through episodes featuring topics like ceremonial turtle shell shakers, buffalo grass dolls and basket weaving. Come along for adventures as we present the exciting lives of Cherokee people, taking you along with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot, scuba diving with wounded warriors and traversing the wilderness in search of Cherokee Bigfoot. They are Cherokee stories, told by Cherokee people.
Sharing the authentic values, beliefs and what it means to be Cherokee preserves our tribe’s traditions and culture and shows the world who we really are, while empowering new generations of Cherokees to keep moving forward.
Cherokee Nation has its own unique history that, many times, is not taught in schools or in history books. Each historical story presented on OsiyoTV is factual and based on cultural, historic and academic research.
Language is intrinsic to expressing culture. From identity to tradition, learning the Cherokee language is a great way to be involved in the unique culture of our tribe.
We have been nominated for more than 39 Heartland Emmys and have won 22 of these awards.
We have won numerous Telly awards for directing, writing, production and more.
Many of our individual short documentaries have been featured and won awards in film festivals around the world.
Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People was created in 2014 after Cherokee Nation citizens voiced their desire to share the tribe’s stories on a larger stage. The original creators were Amanda Clinton, Jennifer Loren, Jeremy Charles and Sterlin Harjo. Deciding that the tribe’s stories were best presented in documentary format, the team created a magazine-style show, featuring short documentaries, “beauty shots” from around the tribal jurisdiction, a Cherokee Almanac and a language lesson. Hosted by Cherokee Nation citizen and Emmy-winning journalist Jennifer Loren, the show was the first of its kind in Indian Country and has been highly acclaimed since its inception.