On this episode, meet Cherokee Nation citizen Debra Wheaton who uses horse therapy as a way to help people heal; learn about powwow culture and how it has become a part of Cherokee tradition, and we take a look back at legendary musician Tommy Allsup and his influence on many genres of music.


Debra Wheaton has always had a connection to horses and horses have become her way of helping people heal. We spend some time with Deb on her farm in Independence, Kansas, where she runs Equine Eagles Horse Therapy and shares her life’s calling.

Powwows are a longstanding tradition in Native America, celebrating and honoring many tribes. In this story we get a powwow education, and learn that even though powwows aren’t traditionally a part of Cherokee culture, they are a good way to share intertribal bonds.

The name Tommy Allsup may not be recognized by most people, but the music he helped produce during his stellar career, has most likely been a part of everyone’s lives. From the dawn of Western Swing to the day the music died, Tommy Allsup’s influence is still felt today.

In 1839, the Battle of Neches culminated with the Indian expulsion from Texas. In this Cherokee Almanac, see how Chief Bowles bravely fought for the Texas Cherokees after ally and Texas Republic president, Sam Houston, was replaced by a new leader.

Cherokee Charter Immersion School student Dacin and speaker Betty Frogg teach us the Cherokee way to say “Hello my name is,” and “Pass the salt.”

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