TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation is celebrating Cherokee journalism and printing with a new event on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be hosted at both the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and Cherokee Arts Center.
The two sites will work in tandem to tell the story of the past, present and future of Cherokee journalism through activities, demonstrations, panel discussions and a temporary exhibit.
Guests can learn about Cherokee scholar, journalist, merchant and senator William Potter Ross in a temporary exhibit at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. Ross served as the first editor-in-chief of the Cherokee Advocate newspaper and went on to serve two terms as Principal Chief.
Team members from the Cherokee National Research Center and the Sequoyah National Research Center will share items from their archives that tell the story of printmaking as a tool for connection and community beyond the news in Cherokee Nation.
Guests are encouraged to take a short walk south to the Cherokee Arts Center for a panel discussion at 11 a.m. Executive editor Tyler Thomas and assistant editor Will Chavez, along with other key members of the publication, will be speaking on the modern-day operations of the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper.
A 1 p.m. panel discussion dives into the past, present and future of Cherokee journalism with Cherokee Nation citizen and journalist Rebecca Nagel, director and founder of Sequoyah National Research Center Dr. Daniel Littlefield, and well-known Cherokee language preservationist and artist Roy Boney Jr.
In addition, guests can enjoy a printmaking demonstration and a Cherokee language activity that utilizes stamps of the Cherokee syllabary.
This is a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on Cherokee Nation historical sites and events, go to www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.