Monday, March 30, 2015

Send a postcard

ask FB to let folks like me [who use Cherokee syllabary]
back in -
Please Send your post cards to:

Facebook, Inc.,
 Attention: Profile names in Cherokee,
 RE: ᏦᎭᎾ ᏣᏑᏰᏓ ᎻᎩᏍ ᏫᏍ
 PO Box 10005,
 Palo Alto, CA 94303

Sunday, March 29, 2015

send a post card

Please send a postcard to facebook asking that they allow the use of Cherokee syllabary in Profile names.


Also, if you would, add my name as an example of one that should be allowed.
[ᏦᎭᎾ ᏣᏑᏰᏓ ᎻᎩᏍ ᏫᏍ]
Thank you to everyone for your support in this!


Please Send your post cards to:


Facebook, Inc.,
Attention: Profile names in Cherokee,
PO Box 10005,
Palo Alto, CA 94303


thank you! (Sgi!)


ᏦᎭᎾ ᏣᏑᏰᏓ ᎻᎩᏍ ᏫᏍ

Most Basic piece...

heard at the water cooler:

"given the chance to use the language on the most basic item of Cherokee identity, the tribal card, the opportunity is missed" BW


There are many groups, organizations and 501c3's that claim to be Cherokee.

Do their membership cards have Cherokee on them?

What are we putting on this most basic item of identity?
Not just the name of the card-- but the name of the PERSON on the card-- is that also in Cherokee?

Having Cherokee on an ID card is not much-- but
it is a start.
as a concession,
Sure, lets put BOTH English and Cherokee but let us get the Cherokee on there.

Whether its in Syllabary, like I will use when I sign this blog with, or in Phonetics.
But lets use Cherokee on the basic ID card if we are going to try to claim to be Cherokee

Without your language-- you are not Cherokee.

ᏦᎭᎾ ᏣᏑᏰᏓ ᎻᎩᏍ ᏫᏍ





Friday, March 27, 2015

Seeing Cherokee words.....

The addition of Cherokee Syllabary to sign posts / street signs - has received a small bit of attention.
I agree it needed to be done.
[however I wish the syllabary was the larger on the signs and the English was the smaller and below the syllabary]


The idea is that we need to see MORE uses of Cherokee Syllabary.
I recently was handed a card from a federally recognized Cherokee person.
Very little on the card would indicate this person was Cherokee.
Oh yes, it identified the tribe, their enrollment, and their name but it was ALL IN ENGLISH!
None of the important stuff was written in Cherokee syllabary; it was ALL in ENGLISH!


If this language is going to thrive and not just survive or barely make it, then EVERYTHING needs to prominently display Cherokee syllabary.

Sure, ok, as a concession, translate it somewhere in English, but put the PRIMARY information on your membership cards in SYLLABARY at least!


Cherokee language needs to move from the 'sometimes' used status it has been relegated to and return to a position of prominent use if it is to thrive.


Its not enough for a few places and people to use it.  Everyone needs to get involved.


a quick way you can help?  write Facebook and demand they allow the transliteration of English profile names into Cherokee Syllabary


Facebook, Inc.,
ATTENTION:  Profile Names in Cherokee
PO Box 10005,
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cherokee language in the news TODAY

its in the AP news coverage today-- 2 whole articles-- (see below for link to one)
but--- if you cannot let the kids write their names in cherokee on Facebook--- will they keep using it????

This is important-- and it is not up to the children to fight this battle.
We must prepare the way for them.


======
WHO CAN SAVE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE
--Mar 25, 4:35 AM EDT

Saturday, March 21, 2015

'a-li-li-g he-A tse! [Happy Spring]

              
'a-li-li-g he-A tse! [Happy Spring] 
              

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lyrics

for your consideration--
Lyrics--(if ya want to try to sing it, the tune you use COULD be one like this song --
https://youtu.be/Nsz9NRclKa4 )

Old words....
1====================
Ga-lv-quod
di-ka-ne-i-s-d
e-la-di
ga-i-sv-i
u-dan(a)to-g(I)- Yi-ho-wa
hi-lv-hi-yu
hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
2============
Gv-hnv-i
no-le to-hi
s-gv-si nu-L()-ni Gv-Gv
s-gi s-de li-s-gi-s-di
sgwa-ti-ni-se-s-d() Yi-ho-wa

=========
Chorus
=========
Hi-lv-hi-yu -hi
di-ka-ne-I-s-d(I)
wi-gv-lu-tsi hi-a na-gwo
a-nv-wo-s-gi
s-du-I-si
hi-lv-hi-yu hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
=============
BRIDGE /MUSIC ONLY
3==============
Na-gwo-no
Ka-no-he-dv
Na-gwo-no
Tsi-ya dv-ga-nv
hi-lv-hi-yu
s-gi-ye-yo
hv-s-ge-s-di gu-o-dv

4============
Ga-lv-quod
di-ka-ne-i-s-d
e-la-di
ga-i-sv-i
u-dan(a)to-g(I)- Yi-ho-wa
hi-lv-hi-yu
hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
=========
Chorus
=========
Hi-lv-hi-yu -hi
di-ka-ne-I-s-di
wi-gv-lu-tsi hi-a na-gwo
a-nv-wo-s-gi
s-du-I-si
hi-lv-hi-yu hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
=============
=========
Chorus
=========
Hi-lv-hi-yu -hi
di-ka-ne-I-s-di
wi-gv-lu-tsi hi-a na-gwo
a-nv-wo-s-gi
s-du-I-si
hi-lv-hi-yu hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
=============
=========
Chorus
=========
Hi-lv-hi-yu -hi
di-ka-ne-I-s-di
wi-gv-lu-tsi hi-a na-gwo
a-nv-wo-s-gi
s-du-I-si
hi-lv-hi-yu hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
=============
Chorus
=========
Hi-lv-hi-yu -hi
di-ka-ne-I-s-di
wi-gv-lu-tsi hi-a na-gwo
a-nv-wo-s-gi
s-du-I-si
hi-lv-hi-yu hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
=============
FINAL---
wi-gv-lu-tsi hi-a na-gwo
hi-lv-hi-yu hi-wo-ni-hi-s-d
=============
ᏦᎭᎾ ᏣᏑᏰᏓ ᎻᎩᏍ ᏫᏍ
===
loosely translated---
Holy Words
this world
I walk
his heart Creator/God
you speak Ancient!


Now the word
I hear from HIm
keep teaching us
old words


live & peace
give
help us
guide us


Ancient words
you will be forgiven
I have come here now
speak ancient!
[ try this soundtrack-- https://www.getfreecds.com/WebComponents/Catalog/Public/showproduct.asp?id=20554 ]

Monday, March 16, 2015

If you think FACEBOOK supports the use of indigenous languages- especially in names-- think again--
read this


http://m.colorlines.com/archives/2015/03/How_white_separatists_disable_native_american_facebook_accounts.html 


and let me tell you-- this HAPPENED TO ME.... so it is real, my friends

Culture reveals language

and language shapes culture


The Museum will exhibit some of its vast archival images during this week.


Week Long Photo Expo


The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will feature a week-long photo exhibit from March 16-20 featuring photographs taken by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who will be sharing some of their favorite images.


 The featured photographers include:
 Jeremy Wilson,
Landon French,
Vita Bradley,
Mike Cooper,
and Jeff Marley.


 During this time, the Museum will exhibit some of its vast archival images.


 Keep an eye out for another week-long expo next month with featured EBCI tribal members Chris McCoy and Bear Allison and Oglala tribal member Scott Brings Plenty.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

old information but still good to know..... http://blogs.office.com/2015/02/23/office-cherokee/

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Reviving Language CAN be done! we can DO this!

Did you know?

28 years ago Hawaii had only 50 fluent speakers, but today they have more than 10,000 fluent speakers-- HOW did they do this? The state’s education system supports immersion programs to teach the language throughout school.

“Their language and culture is taught in all grade levels, and into college and university programs—from early childhood education to PhD,” says the press release. “They now have more than 10,000 fluent Hawaiian speakers.”

How can we help increase the use of Cherokee as a language?

Get ready to celebrate!

March 31---- I am asking EVERYONE to commemorate National Indigenous Languages Day--

March 31 is National Aboriginal Languages Day in Canada. Even if you are not Canadian you can still celebrate!

The day has been celebrated by Indigenous Peoples since 1993 as a way to honor the strength and endurance of aboriginal languages and cultures.

Please-- even if you are NOT Canadian-- lets remember the importance of the heart languages of the native people of this continent and let us all Celebrate National Aboriginal Languages Day! You have 2 weeks to get ready!

Plan an event-- get others in your community involved- learn a new word

or try this-- support the effort to get Facebook to allow profile names in Cherokee-- change YOUR profile name to Cherokee syllabary!

The Billboard in Cherokee, NC indicates there are only 218 Cherokee speakers left in western North Carolina. Help us increase that number!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Alone on this picket line.....? Cherokee language on Facebook & social Media

Folks, am I alone on this picket line? This protest against facebook NOT allowing us to transliterate names in English into names using the Cherokee syllabary instead of the English Alphabet......????

Show your support-- please post your name on FB as your profile name using Cherokee Syllabary

also

contact the FB folks using their DASHBOARD https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-safety/more-transparency-in-reporting/397890383565083

and perhaps, mail them something too--

You can contact Facebook's Board of Directors to provide comments, to report concerns, or to ask a question, at the following address:

Corporate Secretary / Facebook / 1601 Willow Road / Menlo Park, CA 94025 /

You may submit your concern anonymously or confidentially by postal mail.

You may also indicate whether you are a shareholder, customer, supplier, or other interested party.

You may reference my name ᏦᎭᎾ ᏣᏑᏰᏓ ᎻᎩᏍ ᏫᏍ and case //"Your Name Case #231204230"//