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Re: Cherokee language contact

Vance Pitman (vpitman@comp.uark.edu)
Tue, 14 Mar 1995 15:50:45 -0600

On Tue, 14 Mar 1995, juher@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu (Joseph Uher) writes:

> I have some questions regarding the Tsalagi syllabary, regarding both its
> history and its current (if any?) usage.; Is the Tribal Council at Talequah
> an appropriate contact? Are there other (better ?) contemporary sources?

The tribal council is probably not an appropriate contact. My father used
to work as an industrial developer and personnel manager for the Cherokee
Nation. He was friends with several of the chiefs (elected), including
Swimmer and Mankiller. If I remember correctly, the tribal council is
specifically a legislative group, and they do not have any resources set
up to deal with a request such as you're planning to make.

I think you will have much greater success simply contacting Cherokee
Nation Industries, whose PR dept. can offer assistance or point you in
the right direction. They oversee the Tsa-La-Gi Inn and gift shop, which
used to offer a number of books on Cherokee history and their writing system.
On the other hand, it has been at least twelve years since I've lived in
Tahlequah (although I still visit at least once a year), so things may
have changed considerably. I tend to doubt it, though.

If you are having no luck in a couple of weeks, email me, and I
will contact some of my family and friends that live there (it's only an
hour and a half or so away).

Vance

* One may explain water, but the mouth will not become wet. One may
** expound fully on the nature of fire, but the mouth will not become
*** hot. Takuan
**** We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of
****** course, powerful muscles, but no personality. Einstein
**** Vance Pitman vpitman@comp.uark.edu/vpitman@sibylline.com



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