Meet New York Times best-selling science fiction author Daniel H. Wilson, who draws inspiration from robots, philosophy and his roots in the Cherokee Nation. Learn about the game of Cherokee marbles, which has been passed down through centuries and generations. Plus, Cherokee National Treasure Eddie Morrison shows us how he turns big blank stones into works of art and tells us the stories behind them.


The Cherokee game of marbles is unlike any other. It’s a social game that is said to date back hundreds of years. Some say it’s a lost art, but not in the Cherokee Nation. We catch up with groups of marbles players, who are keeping the game going for new generations.

Daniel H. Wilson is a successful science fiction writer, the author of the New York Times best-selling novel “Robopocalypse.” He draws from his robotics education and Cherokee roots to create unique storytelling perspectives that are sought after by Hollywood filmmakers.

Cherokee National Treasure Eddie Morrison tells us about the people and stories that inspire his award-winning work. A student of the great Apache sculptor Allan Houser, Morrison says cultural heritage plays a vital role in his art.

This month’s Cherokee Almanac looks at the historic Dwight Mission school, which began near Russellville, Arkansas. When the Western Cherokees moved into Indian Territory in the late 1820s, the mission moved with them. Levada Wildcat, one of the last Dwight Mission students, shares her memories of attending school there.

Learn to speak key words and phrases in the Cherokee language with speaker John Ross and Cherokee Nation Immersion School students. This month, learn the Cherokee words for “October,” “fawn” and “biscuits.”

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