The Right Path “Duyu-ko-dv-i” Class of 2011-12, presented a Cherokee language CD and companion workbook to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian recently. The project, titled “Du-yu ko-dv-i” Second Language Learning project,” is an expansion funded by the “Sacred Fire Foundation” of the group’s 2012 group project to translate and record phrases commonly used by their generation of 18-40 year old Cherokees.
Everyday phrases used by this age group were the target of the project. Examples include the phrases, “Let’s hang out, which is translated to, “i-na-li-go,” meaning, “we are with each other.”
Copies of the CD and companion workbook were distributed across ten Cherokee communities. The nature of the “Duyu-ko-dv-i” Second Language Learning project is to provide second language learners a way to learn Cherokee within their own time restraints, and they learn phrases common and popular to young adults.
The Right Path “Duyu-ko-dv-i” Adult Leadership Program is a 12-month program where leadership through the prism of the Cherokee culture is taught.
“I believe in what Right Path is doing,” said Bo Taylor, Museum executive director. “Creating leaders who lead from a Cherokee perspective is very important for the future, so we are happy to host the program this year.”
Jeremy Wilson, a member of the 2011-12 cohort, said, “All the credit goes to Dr. Hartwell Francis and Tom Belt, from the WCU Cherokee Language Program, and speakers Nannie Hornbuckle, and Sally Smoker. Without them, we could not have done it.”
– Right Path Program