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February 10, 2011
Cherokee Nation Presents ‘Using Technology in a Cherokee Way’
TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— The Cherokee Nation is offering a series of trainings on the usage of the Cherokee syllabary with today’s technology. The training series,
“Using Technology in a Cherokee Way,” will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to use the syllabary in modern digital media technology.
When Sequoyah, a Cherokee silversmith and statesman, invented the Cherokee syllabary back in 1821, the latest technology for communicating was the printing press. Nonetheless, his invention, a series of symbols that represent each of the spoken sounds in the Cherokee language, opened up a world of literacy to the Cherokee people and became widespread within a few short years. Many people may not realize that some of today’s hottest technology, including those popular devices whose names start with an “i,” also offer the option of communicating using the Cherokee syllabary.
Presenters Roy Boney, language technologist, Jeff Edwards, language technologist, and Joseph Erb, language technologist, are all three staff of the Cherokee Nation Education Services Group's Language Technology Program, and together have created and developed the content for each session in response to calls from the public asking for help using Cherokee syllabary on digital devices.
“It appears by the volume of inquires received by Education Services, people are excited about using Cherokee on today’s digital technology devices, and we want to share our knowledge of these uses,” said Erb.
The trainings will be offered on a monthly basis. All sessions will be held from 10 a.m. – noon, in the Cherokee Nation’s Tribal Council Chambers, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah. The sessions are free and open to the public. Listed below are the first four trainings in this series.
Feb. 23, 2011
Cherokee Font 101-Learn various ways of typing the Cherokee syllabary on different types of computers.
Mar. 9, 2011
Using Cherokee on the iPod, iPhone and iPad-Learn how to install, find and use the Cherokee syllabary on these devices.
Apr. 6, 2011
Using Cherokee on Facebook and the Internet-Learn how to post in Cherokee and use web browsers in Cherokee.
May 11, 2011
Advancing Cherokee on the Internet-Learn how to find Cherokee language resources.
To schedule a session in your community or for more information contact the Cherokee Nation Language Technology Program, at 453-5000 or 1-800-256-0671.