In this episode of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” we spend time on the set with Hollywood stuntman Blake Pocquette, hear thoughts on life lessons and following the old ways with elder Crosslin Smith and meet San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck.


He’s a Cherokee traditionalist and a bearer of knowledge and culture. Amid a backdrop of the elements important to traditional medicine and ceremonies, Crosslin Smith tells us about “the old ways” and shares a part of his life’s story.

In 2017, Cherokee Nation citizen Kim Shuck was appointed Poet Laureate of San Francisco, only the seventh person to hold the prestigious position. Her writings are inspired by Southeastern Native culture, and she shares with us the wit and wisdom behind her words.

He’s a Hollywood stuntman who’s worked on big-budget movies with big-name actors, but Blake Pocquette was born and raised right here in Oklahoma. Blake tells us about his unlikely career path and how he aims to change the representation of Native Americans in film.

The Battle of Honey Springs was the largest Civil War battle in Indian Territory. Called “The Gettysburg of the West,” it changed the course of the war west of the Mississippi River and the Cherokee Nation forever.

Cherokee elder and speaker Lawrence Panther gets back to basics teaching the Cherokee syllabary with help from Cherokee Immersion Charter School student Lance. In this lesson, learn the Cherokee words for “cicada” and “climb” as well as how to say several names in Cherokee.

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