In this episode, OsiyoTV follows two young Cherokee dancers to New York City, where they train with ballerinas from the world-renowned Vaganova Russian School of Ballet. We then look at the history and people behind one of the Cherokee Nation’s most visited summer attractions – Diligwa, a replica of a 1700s era Cherokee village. Finally, we sit down with a Cherokee National Treasure, ceramist Bill Glass Jr., whose collaborations with his son, Demos Glass, have elevated their art to new heights.


Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People explores Diligwa, one of the Cherokee Nation’s most popular tourist attractions. Diligwa is a replica of a 1700s era Cherokee village, located in Park Hill, Oklahoma, near Tahlequah. We explore the history of the village and hear what it’s like to share our tribe’s culture through a snapshot in time.

Father and son artists Bill and Demos Glass combine their unique skills to create contemporary Cherokee artwork. Bill, a Cherokee National Treasure, shares with us his passion for ceramics and for being on the cutting edge of native art. Demos shows us how, together, they create modern art, rooted in our tribe’s history.

Two young Cherokee dancers train under ballerinas from the world-renowned Vagonova Russian School of Classical Ballet. Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People checks in on them as they work through a three-week long summer intensive in New York City.

Archivists at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah discover a hand-written cease fire agreement that essentially ended the American Civil War.

Learn to speak key phrases of the Cherokee language with Dr. Candessa Tehee.

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