Uninoheda Humanities Series

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What are the Humanities?

"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." ~ National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended

This series, we believe, is unique in it’s vision and development. It’s not a course, per­ se, but moreover a humanities series to give you a sense of all aspects of the Cherokee ways and traditions. As the series develops, you will be exposed to experts, elders, statesmen and women, and Cherokee National Living Treasures as they discuss history, psychology, and culture from pre­-European contact to modern times.

During this series' inaugural year your patience and consideration are greatly appreciated.

Series Mission

Collect, preserve, archive, and share all things pertaining to Cherokee language and culture. Our intent is to present multiple perspectives on subject matter, comparing and contrasting, in order to allow you to interpret the facts. It will never be our intent to politicize, nor be haphazard with culturally-­sensitive subject matters. Each video will be previewed by many trusted elders in order to maintain our integrity, as well as the trust placed in our stewardship with regards to such artifacts.

We want to show you locations where our history was made; interview elders, statesmen, and Cherokee Treasures, so that you have the opportunity to hear and see first-­hand what our culture values.

Series Goals

As the series progresses, each participant will develop:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • A connection to extended­ family and home­ community
  • A deeper understanding of our unique Cherokee identity, primarily for ourselves, but also for our friends and allies
  • An understanding of traditional Cherokee Values and when applicable, connect families-­to-­communities, as well as communities-­to-communities, through our culture
  • An understanding of all sides of an event or issue through multi­-faceted perspectives

What You Can Expect

Below is a target list we are currently pursuing as series topics. It is a dynamic list, subject to change, based on research and availability to subject matters, venues, and interviewees, as well as feedback from viewers, like you. This list is not in order of appearance, nor chronological during this course­ development time. Your consideration during this inaugural year is greatly appreciated.


    • Modern and Classical, this is how it use to be, this is how it is now, ex: kinship terms. Degetsi’ilvse’i
    • Language Survival Efforts (Preservation) Immersion School
    • Language Technology


    • The form and structure of language and how it’s related to content. Ex: a i


    • Modern Cherokee writers
    • Playwrights
    • Historic examples of writing
    • Letters In The Syllabary


    • Timeline
    • Prehistory
    • Cherokee perspective ex: We Were Driven Here Like Cattle vs. Trail of Tears
    • Eastern Band Perspective


    • Dikanowadvsd (Law) Foundation
    • Clan Law
    • Modern Tort Law


    • Gaduwa
    • Diyukta


Comparative Religion


    • Value System


    • Visual
    • Performing
    • History, Criticism, and Theory


    • Agriculture, Hunting, Gathering, Fishing, Preparation

Plant Medicine, Spiritual Medicine


    •  StickballtoSoftball

Clothing, Adornment, Body Decoration

Origin Story:

    • “We came from the stars.”
    • Migration
    • Ani Kutani Priesthood

Oral Tradition

    • Storytelling

Videos currently available:

History of the Cherokee: Episode 2: Council House Basics with Ryan Mackey

History of the Cherokee: Episode 1: Cultural Identity Factors with Ryan Mackey

Uninoheda - Culture Identity Factors from CherokeeNationCCO on Vimeo.


Stay tuned, there are many more to come!