On this episode of Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People… Remembering the University of Oklahoma and NFL football great Sam Claphan. Celebrate the work of Lynn Riggs, author, poet, screenwriter and playwright perhaps best known for creating the play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” upon which the film Oklahoma was based. Plus, Cherokee artist America Meredith shines a new light on North American Native Art in her first of its kind magazine. And, meet the Sutteer family who connect with each other and their culture by participating in Native games.
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Sam Claphan was a football great who played for the Oklahoma Sooners during the Barry Switzer dynasty and ultimately in the NFL. But that’s not what defined this so-called gentle giant from Stilwell, Oklahoma.
As an artist and curator, America Meredith discovered a gap in critical perspectives of Native American art. So she created a magazine and is now filling that gap bringing more Native perspectives to the greater art world.
On any given summer weekend, you can find the Sutteer family shooting blow darts or playing chunkey at a native games competition somewhere in Oklahoma. As James Sutteer tells us, it’s a way for his family to connect with each other and with their heritage.
Lynn Riggs was an author, poet, screenwriter and playwright perhaps best known for creating the play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” upon which the film Oklahoma was based.
Cherokee Immersion Charter School student, Daisha, learns with elder/speaker Lawrence Panther.