Facebook to include Cherokee Language

by Oct 26, 2009NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments

By Scott McKie B.P.

One Feather staff

                 The Cherokee Language will soon be used by one of the most popular social networking sites on the internet.  Facebook is making plans to include Cherokee language translations available according to Renissa Walker, Kituwah Preservation and Education program manager.

                “Facebook has agreed to add Cherokee to the list of languages that needs to be translated for their site,” said Walker.  “Once all the terms are translated, anyone in the world will have the option to have Facebook display in the Cherokee syllabary.” 

                Walker said the project is not being governed by any specific Cherokee government or organization.  “It’s a wide open project, and anyone in the world that has a Cherokee Unicode font and a proper keyboard installed like Kenman or Languagegeek can participate.” 

                She does credit Cherokee Nation citizens Roy Boney and Jeff Edwards with getting the ball rolling on the project.  “The translations that are submitted are voted upon by the Cherokee Facebook community.”

                To begin translating Cherokee for Facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/translations/index.php.