February 18th, 2015 Last Updated on: February 18th, 2015
The Cherokee Nation has been working on a new monthly television program, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, and the first episode is now available! These 30-minute programs will air in northeast Oklahoma television markets and online at www.Osiyo.TV.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker talks a bit more about the show's mission:
The show will profile Cherokees who are excelling in their fields, carrying on tribal traditions, preserving our culture or protecting our sovereignty. We’ll feature young people becoming fluent in speaking Cherokee, so that our language survives. You’ll meet elders who are some of the last of their generation to create their signature art and textiles, but feel compelled to share their knowledge with others. We’ll introduce you to a professional bull rider, a nationally ranked bass fisherman and a professional mixed martial arts fighter, all of whom are Cherokee. We’ll take you to some of our most beautiful and historic sites, like Natural Falls and the Saline Courthouse, Dwight Mission and the Illinois River, Cherokee Nation Civil War sites, and the many beautiful lakes Cherokee Nation is home to.
In the first episode, host Jennifer Loren's explores her Cherokee Heritage with the help of Cherokee Nation genealogists. The artwork of Roy Boney, Jr. and the story of legendary Cherokee Ned Christie are also featured in the first episode.
Rounding out the production team are director Jeremy Charles (Cherokee) and Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek). Sounds like a great group of people are behind the series, so we should be seeing some stellar programs in the near future!
For more information, please visit http://osiyo.tv/.
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