In this episode of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” we hear from preeminent Cherokee linguist and teacher Durbin Feeling, who shares how his earliest experiences fed his resolve to keep the Cherokee language alive. Then, OsiyoTV heads to Anaheim, California, where Cherokee Nation citizen Olivia Rains spent the summer pitching professional softball with the O.C. Batbusters. Finally, we go deep in the hills of Cherokee Country with a team searching for evidence of the creature known as Bigfoot.


Softball is serious business to Cherokee Nation citizen Olivia Rains, who left the glory days of high school behind to play professional softball in California. We catch up with her as she looks ahead to college and Big 12 softball at the University of Oklahoma.

Join OsiyoTV as we journey deep into the hills of the Cherokee Nation in search of the elusive Bigfoot, a creature with roots in Cherokee folklore and legend.

Cherokee linguist Durbin Feeling is revered by many for his lifetime commitment to saving the Cherokee language. OsiyoTV shares how Feeling has led the effort to ensure Cherokee continues to be written and spoken for generations to come.

Many settlers in Oklahoma territory celebrated on November 16, 1907, when Oklahoma was named the 46th American state. It was a very different story in Cherokee Nation. While some in Indian Territory supported statehood, many greatly opposed it. In this Cherokee Almanac, we look at the complicated and even devastating effects Oklahoma statehood had on Cherokee Nation.

Cherokee Charter Immersion School student Hoyt and speaker Betty Frogg teach us the Cherokee way to say “You all come back.”

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