In this episode of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” we meet award-winning newspaper reporter Graham Lee Brewer, who has written about some of the biggest stories to take place in Oklahoma. OsiyoTV follows as he goes in search of his Cherokee ancestors to uncover more of his heritage and identity.

We talk to 13-year-old archer Heaven Cochran, who defies the odds by taking aim at an active life despite severe birth defects to her hands.

Finally, OsiyoTV finds 19-year-old Mason Gray working the way his forebearers did hundreds of years ago. The Cherokee Nation citizen tells why he’s determined to learn traditional crafts and skills and teach them to others.

The Cherokee Almanac recounts the 1785 Treaty of Hopewell, and the language lesson teaches how to talk about age.


Graham Lee Brewer is an accomplished reporter and Cherokee Nation citizen, who knows little of his family’s history. He joins the Cherokee Nation’s genealogists to learn more of his heritage and what makes him Cherokee.

Heaven Cochran is a young Cherokee student who’s found an unlikely affinity for archery. OsiyoTV hears how she inspires those around her by not allowing birth defects to her hands limit her.

At only 19 years old Mason Gray is a Cherokee cultural bearer, honing traditional skills like bow making, beading, and carving. He talks of learning from mentors near and far, including the Standing Rock water protectors.

The Treaty of Hopewell was the first Treaty to be signed between the Cherokee Nation and the newly formed United States, following the Revolutionary War. It was also the first of many to be broken only several years later.

Learn to speak key words and phrases in the Cherokee language with Cherokee speaker Anna Sixkiller and Cherokee Immersion Charter School students. This month, learn how to say “Hello, my name is ___,” “How old are you?” “I am _____ years old” and “You look young.”

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