On this episode of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” learn to make a traditional bow with Cherokee National Treasure Richard Fields, hit the races with acclaimed horse trainer Dee Keener, and hear about the career of internationally celebrated opera singer Barbara McAlister.

This month’s “Cherokee Almanac” tells the story of the first woman physician in Indian Territory, and in the “Let’s Talk Cherokee,” learn to ask “Where do you live” and “Do you have brothers and sisters?”


Richard Fields learned how to make a traditional Cherokee bow from his cousin. He now passes on his knowledge, teaching others the craft.

At the peak of her career, Barbara McAlister traveled the world, singing in opera houses from Germany to Hong Kong. Today, this acclaimed soloist has returned to her roots in Oklahoma where she mentors the next generation of Cherokee singers.

Dee Keener is an Indian National Finals Rodeo World Champion calf roper turned horse trainer. One of the country’s leading paint horse trainers in the racing circuit, Keener shares his methods for shaping a young gelding into a winner.

Learn about the life of Dr. Isabel Cobb, a Cherokee Nation citizen and the first female physician in Indian Territory. 

Learn to speak key words and phrases in the Cherokee language with speaker Anna Sixkiller and Cherokee Nation Immersion School students. This month, learn how to ask “Where do you live?”and “Do you have brothers and sisters?” Also, learn to reply, “I have two brothers and two sisters” and “I live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.”

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