On this episode of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” step back in time to medieval days with jouster Amy Staton; meet Dr. Robert Martin, president of the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and get cooking with executive chef Taelor Barton, looking to her family and Cherokee roots for culinary inspiration.

Learn about the Cherokee Nation’s first home and school for orphaned children in the “Cherokee Almanac.” In the “Let’s Talk Cherokee” language lesson, practice saying “I like you,” “you are my friend,” “I love you” and “do you want to have coffee” in Cherokee.


Amy Staton is “Dame Eden” in the jousting list – keeping medieval games alive on horseback and in armor at Oklahoma’s largest annual Renaissance fair.

Dr. Robert Martin is the president of the premier Native arts school, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and an esteemed leader who has revolutionized Indian education across the country.

Growing up, Taelor Barton’s favorite dish was her grandmother’s kanuchi. Now, as the executive chef of a downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, restaurant, she merges traditional cooking with modern cuisine to bring an appreciation of Native foods to the public.

After the Trail of Tears and Civil War devastated the Cherokee Nation, the tribe established a home and school for its orphaned children. Learn more about this nearly forgotten institution.

Learn to speak key words and phrases in the Cherokee language with speaker Anna Sixkiller and Cherokee Charter Immersion School students. This month, Kiana learns how to say “I like you,” “you are my friend,” “I love you” and “Do you want to have coffee?”

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