On the final episode of Season 3 of OsiyoTV, meet three Cherokee Nation citizens doing their part to sustain their culture. Dorothy Ice is one of the original Sequoyah Indian Weavers and a Cherokee National Treasure; Joseph Erb is an artist, filmmaker, animator and technologist who utilizes the Cherokee language in his art; and Will Chavez is the assistant editor for the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper and who recently completed the 2017 Remember The Removal Bike Ride, thirty three years after he participated in the inaugural ride.
Cherokee National Treasure Lorene Drywater has been making buffalo grass dolls since she was a child. Here, she shares her process from harvesting the grass to dressing the dolls in handmade clothes.
Will Chavez, a 22-year veteran reporter for the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper, comes full circle on the 2017 Remember the Removal Bike Ride. A participant of the first ride in 1984, he tells OsiyoTV how retracing his ancestors’ steps more than 30 years later affected his experience this time.
Whether he’s creating digital animation or engraving copper, Joseph Erb possesses the unique talent of flawlessly incorporating the traditional and modern. Contemporary icons routinely find their way into traditional artwork, and symbols of Cherokee lore come alive through computer-generated imagery, the technology of the future. See how his love for past and present drive his passion to keep the culture alive for future generations.
One of the most respected Cherokees is Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee written language. In this “Cherokee Almanac,” OsiyoTV visits his historical cabin near present-day Sallisaw, Oklahoma, to reveal more of what you may not know about his life.
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 say, “I’m hungry. Let’s eat,” “This food is good,” “Did you cook this meal,” “I don’t like cabbage” and “Let’s go to a restaurant to eat.”