In this episode of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” we meet Cody Clinton, one half of the Tulsa music group Desi and Cody; hear pageant queen LaTasha Atcity share her inspiring story; and listen to Ed Fields tell us a traditional Cherokee tale in the Cherokee language.


It’s been a long road for Cherokee Nation citizen and songwriter Cody Clinton, who learned to play guitar on the back roads of Oologah, Oklahoma. Now part of the thriving music scene in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clinton invites OsiyoTV along as his band, Desi and Cody, play the exhilarating SXSW Music Festival.

Ed Fields is a first-language Cherokee speaker who keeps our traditions alive by teaching others. But rather than rely on regular classroom instruction, Ed shares traditional Cherokee folklore he remembers from his youth to teach a new generation of Cherokee speakers. This week on a very special OsiyoTV segment, Ed shares one of those stories for the first time in a very public way.

At a pivotal time in life for many young people, LaTasha Atcity took one path, only to discover that hard work without an education would always be an uphill battle. Determined to take her life a different direction, Atcity discovered a strength she never knew she had, becoming a community leader and a competitor for Miss Oklahoma USA!

To native Oklahomans, the differences between eastern and western Oklahoma are sometimes stark. But why? Many don’t know Oklahoma was actually proposed as two separate states – the state of Oklahoma and the all-Indian state of Sequoyah. Learn why the proposal was made and what led to its ultimate failure, but also see how the proposed state of Sequoyah left a permanent mark on Oklahoma as we know it today.

Cherokee elder and speaker Lawrence Panther gets back to basics teaching the Cherokee syllabary with help from Cherokee Immersion Charter School student Lucy. In this lesson, they share pronunciation of several Cherokee consonant sounds and words created from them, including “butterfly” and “moody.”

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