Sunday, January 17, 2010

Learn the syllabary

If you click on this link... below... and start it... wait... it will begin after a bit... you can see and hear each letter of the syllabary-- then, when you are ready, make a set of flash cards for you to review.

try it!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

sign up NOW! so you won't miss out-- July 20-31, 2010

This may be your ONLY opportunity to study the Eastern dialect!
If you are serious about learning- take this class!
if you can only do one thing to learn the language- this is the class you should take!
The Cherokee language immersion class will be offered July 20 – 31, 2009. This ten-day class will teach conversational Cherokee language using the Total Physical Response Method and the Rassius Method developed at Darmouth. Open to the general public ages 16 and up, the class costs $500. For information, contact Bo Taylor at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian by phone at 1-828-497-3481 or by email at
To register and pay, contact Sharon Littlejohn by phone or by email at
The Museum’s first Cherokee language immersion class was offered in 2003 for tribal members through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-- this is the one I was a participant in and it was awesome!
Culture & History :: Cherokee Language
The class will be led by Bo Taylor, along with at least one Cherokee elder in every class session. The ten-day class focuses on immersing participants in Cherokee language through classroom activities, interaction with elders, and field trips. The class will not cover reading and writing Cherokee using Sequoyah’s syllabary. Participants will be responsible for their own room and board. For more info on accommodations in the area, go to College credit is not offered for this course.
Bo Taylor works as Archivist at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and also lectures on Cherokee music, dance and spirituality. He has studied Cherokee language with Robert Bushyhead and Walker Calhoun for more than ten years and is dedicated to the preservation of the Cherokee language. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Cherokee Studies from Western Carolina University. He has taught Cherokee language at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, in the Cherokee History and Culture Institute, and through the Cultural Resources Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He also dances with the Warriors of AniKituhwa.