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Cherokee Meaning
Start Date: 3/2/2017Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 3/2/2017End Time: 4:30 PM
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Event Description:
Ryan Mackey will speak at 3 p.m. on March 2 in the Helen Robson Walton Reading Room about the confluence of language, cultural identity and worldview in a presentation entitled Cherokee Meaning. This event is free and open to the public. 

“For Cherokee people from traditional communities, cultural identity is not just the concrete things that we create, use or do, but the abstract meaning behind them,” said Mackey, “Even when we are unconscious of those meanings.”

The presentation will cover Cherokee language revitalization efforts and the impact of multilingualism in the face of monolingual movements.

Mackey is a Cherokee Citizen and graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Native American Studies Program. He is a spiritual leader in his local community and is a participant in Cherokee traditional cultural practices. He has worked in various roles within the Cherokee Nation and is currently the language curriculum supervisor and facilitator for the Cherokee Language Master/Apprentice Program, which trains conversationally proficient Cherokee language teachers adept in using language immersion methods. He also currently serves on the board of the Cherokee Elder Plant Society (Medicine Keepers) for the Cherokee Nation’s secretary of natural resources.

Parking is available at the Stadium Drive Parking Garage, adjacent to the Arkansas Union and across the plaza from Mullins Library. 

This event is part of the University Libraries’ "Explore Native American Storytelling through Arts, Literature, and Culture" program, which features guest speakers and rotating exhibits throughout the academic year. 

Location Information:
Main Campus - (MULN) David W. Mullins Library  (View Map)
David W. Mullins Library
365 N. McIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Phone: (479) 575-4104
Room: Helen Robson Walton Reading Room
Contact Information:
Name: Martha Guirl-Phillips
Phone: 479-575-6702
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