In this episode, we follow young competitive cyclist Hannah Jordan as she climbs Pikes Peak chasing her Olympic dreams, visit with Cherokee textile artist Lisa Rutherford, and uncover the Cherokee connection to the classic children’s story “Where the Red Fern Grows.”

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She’s a competitive cyclist who’s chasing her Olympic dreams while training in Colorado, but at 16 years old, Hannah is not the normal teenager – she only started cycling at the age of 13 and struggles to maintain her health while dealing with a rare metabolic disease.

Lisa Rutherford is a Cherokee artist whose art encompasses ceramics, beadwork and twining. But she has become known for her handmade feather capes that have been worn with traditional Cherokee tear dresses and featured in high-fashion runway shows.

It’s one of the most iconic childhood movies ever. “Where the Red Fern Grows” is a coming-of-age story about a boy and his two coon dogs set and filmed in Cherokee and Adair counties at a time when life was simple and family values were at a premium. Learn more about Cherokee author Wilson Rawls, and meet Cherokee Nation citizens and others who were part of the 1974 movie as they give behind the scenes insight to the classic novel brought to life in the hills of the Cherokee Nation.

Woodrow Wilson Rawls was the author of the beloved children’s books “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “Summer of the Monkeys.” A Cherokee Nation citizen from Scraper, Oklahoma, Rawls based his novels on his childhood growing up in the hills of the Cherokee Nation.

Learn to identify and speak the sounds of the Cherokee syllabary in a new set of Cherokee language lessons. In this lesson, learn the Cherokee words for “bread,” “duck,” “pie,” “dog,” “oil,” “acorn” and “turkey with Lawrence Panther and Cherokee Charter Immersion School students.

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