2021-2022 Winter Lecture Series: Cultural and Language Preservation and Revitalization

New in 2021, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian’s Winter Lecture Series features panelists from the EBCI and Cherokee Nation communities exploring the necessity of cultural and language preservation and revitalization. The free series streams live online on select Wednesdays in December 2021, January 2022, and February 2022. Attendees may register in advance for individual events via the links below. Space is limited.

December 8, 3pm: Live Q&A with 2021-2022 Miss Cherokee (Register here)
Panelist:  Miss Cherokee: Tyra Maney
Tyra Maney, 2021-2022 Miss Cherokee, leads a Q&A session focused on her platform of Cultural Revitalization and traditional practices that are endangered or have been lost due to colonization. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance to Jenn Wilson at

December 15, 3pm: Live Q&A with 2021-2022 EBCI Royalty (Register here)
Panelists: Teen Miss Cherokee: Tsini McCoy, Junior Miss Cherokee: Makaula Lambert, Little Miss Cherokee: Trinnity Jackson Join 2021-2022 EBCI royalty as they discuss their pageant platforms. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance to Jenn Wilson at

January 12, 3pm: Language & Identity: Methods of Revitalization  (Register here)
Panelists:  Landon French, David Jumper, Kelly Murphy
Join Cherokee language instructors as they consider methods for revitalization––and the urgent need to put those methods into practice.

Our Country As I See It - Jeff Edwards
Jeff Edwards, Our Country As I See It

January 26, 3pm:  Art, Language, & Culture  (Register here)
Panelists: Roy Boney, Jeff Edwards, John Henry Gloyne, Keli Gonzalez
How can language influence art? Award-winning Cherokee and EBCI visual artists share how the Cherokee language and syllabary inform and inspire their work.

February 16, 3pm: Cultural Preservation (Register here)
Panelists to be announced.
What is culture? Speakers discuss historic cultural aspects, methods of preservation and revitalization, and how Cherokee culture appears today.

Meet the Panelists

Tyra Maney
Tyra Maney, 25, is the 2021-2022 Miss Cherokee for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Her platform is Cultural Revitalization with a focus on traditional practices that are endangered or have been lost due to colonization. Tyra works as a Designer at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Through her time at the Museum, she has researched a wide variety of topics related to Cherokee history and culture. Her primary focus is on Cherokee Women & Gender Roles, Basketry, and Traditional Tattoo Practices.

Tsini McCoy
Bio coming soon.

Makaula Lambert
Bio coming soon.

Trinnity Jackson
Bio coming soon.

Landon French
Landon French lives in the Yellowhill community in Cherokee, North Carolina. He is currently the first grade teacher at New Kituwah Academy, a Cherokee language immersion school. This is Landon’s fifth year of being involved with the school.

David Jumper
David Jumper was born and raised here in Cherokee. A graduate of Cherokee Central High School and Western Carolina University, where he majored in Physical Education, David has worked for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since 2008. After spending two years with the Cherokee Youth Council as a Youth Development Professional, he began working at New Kituwah Academy in 2010. David has taught the Cherokee language in some capacity in almost every classroom, from the two-year-old room to sixth grade.

Kelly Murphy
Bio coming soon.

Roy Boney, Jr.
Roy Boney, Jr. (Cherokee Nation) is from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, and currently resides in Tahlequah. He is an award-winning multimedia artist and writer whose art has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Roy holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University and Master of Art in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock.

In addition to making fine art, he works as graphic novelist and illustrator. Some of his titles include Dead Eyes Open, Trickster: Native American Tales, Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, and Moonshot. He has contributed articles on Indigenous art and culture to various publications including Indian Country Today, Native Peoples, the Cherokee Phoenix, and First American Art. Currently, Roy works for the Cherokee Nation Department of Language as a program manager where he works in making the Cherokee language useable in technology. An extensive list of his exhibitions, publications, and presentations can be found at

Jeff Edwards
Jeff Edwards of Vian, Oklahoma, is an award-winning Cherokee graphic artist who has worked for the Cherokee Nation for over 20 years. He is a language activist and has worked on numerous projects that have projected the Cherokee language into the global spotlight. Jeff attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas and received his associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Jeff’s artwork is almost exclusively Cherokee-themed. He prefers using the Cherokee Syllabary as opposed to English to promote the Cherokee language and likes using old cultural concepts but expressing them with modern electronic tools. His work is now on view in the exhibition A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art, co-organized by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and on view at the Asheville Art Museum from November 19, 2021 to March 14, 2022.

John Henry Gloyne
John Henry Gloyne (Eastern Band Cherokee/Osage/Pawnee) is an artist from the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the mountains of western North Carolina. Gloyne works in a variety of mediums having a foot in two different worlds: his Indigenous culture and the modern world around it. Walking the delicate line of the crescendo of culture and capitalism inspires him to create work that transmits his view of the universe. Tattooing, painting, drawing, and traditional Cherokee mask carving are outlets of his expression.

Keli ᎨᎳᏗ Gonzales
Keli ᎨᎳᏗ Gonzales is a Cherokee artist from Welling, Oklahoma. She merges pop culture and traditional Cherokee cultural images to make personal statements. She also incorporates the Cherokee syllabary into her work with the hope that it will inspire people to learn to read syllabary and possibly learn the language.

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For more information please contact: 

Atsila Anotasgi Cultural Specialists

Field trips on your own in the Cherokee area, free of charge:

  • Mountain Farm Museum—National Park Service
  • Newfound Gap and Clingman’s Dome—National Park Service
  • Kituhwa Mound—Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cultural Resources Office
  • Mingo Falls
  • Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Co-op

Other Cultural Attractions:

Oconaluftee Indian Village May 1 – October 24
“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama June – August