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The Tennessee State Museum hosts a wide range of FREE, fascinating events and educational programs throughout the year. Advance reservations are not required, unless indicated on the listing. For seated events, seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Language plays a significant role in our connection to the cultures of our ancestors, but many indigenous languages around the world are quickly declining. In commemoration of Native American History Month, join us for a virtual discussion in partnership with the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. We will discuss the history of the loss and preservation of native languages, with a focus on the Cherokee language. Participants will get a chance to translate a simple sentence to connect with their own cultural language, while learning about the Cherokee language with Cherokee language instructor, Dr. Gil Jackson.
Dr. Gil Jackson is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee with 57 years of teaching experience. He currently serves as adjunct faculty and lecturer at the University of North Carolina – Asheville and Stanford University teaching the Cherokee Language.
We will also be joined by Charlie Rhodarmer, director of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, TN. He has worked in museums since 1987, including the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University and the Scottish Tartans Museum.
Also on the panel is Lou Jackson, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee who teaches Cherokee at the Cherokee Language Consortium. She was born and raised in the Eastern Band’s Snowbird community and spoke Cherokee as her primary language at home. Jackson learned English while attending Snowbird Day School, a school ran by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and later in the Robbinsville School system. She was also a registered ER nurse for several years before retiring and proudly teaching Cherokee to local students.
Please join us on November 24, 6-7:30 p.m. CST (7-8:30 p.m. EST). For questions, please contact: Public.Programs@tn.gov
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