Cherokee Articles

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Sep 21 19:25:46 UTC 2003

Oklahoma school preserves Cherokee language 

By Jenny Burns
The Associated Press

LOST CITY, Okla. — The kindergarten teacher speaks to her class in Cherokee,
telling the children to pull out their mats for naptime. Using their
Cherokee names, she instructs "Yo-na," or Bear, to place his mat away from
"A-wi," or Deer. Soft Cherokee music lulls them to sleep. 
These youngsters' parents were mocked for speaking Cherokee. Their
grandparents were punished. But Cherokee is the only language these children
will speak in their public-school classroom. 

By immersing the youngsters in the language of their ancestors, tribal
leaders are hoping to save one of the many endangered American Indian

It is a modest start, consisting of 10 kindergartners in a single classroom
at the Lost City School, 50 miles east of Tulsa. But their Cherokee language
instruction will continue throughout their school years. 

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Benjamin Barrett
Baking the World a Better Place

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