First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee

Event information

5:00 pm: Screening of First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee The evening starts at 5pm EST with a screening of the beautiful First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee - the award winning documentary film that observes the extraordinary steps taken by the Eastern Band of Cherokee to preserve Cherokee language. You are also able to view the film on Youtube separately and join us for the panel at 6pm.

Official description: The Cherokee Indians were once the dominant power in what is now the Southeastern United States. This Emmy award winning film follows this Cherokee community as it comes to terms with a heritage that predates the United States by thousands of years. English and Cherokee with English subtitles.

6:00 pm: Discussion with Expert Panel Then we’ve assembled an amazing panel of experts and activists to discuss the film and the many issues it raises. Featuring: Benjamin Frey Professor of American Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, María-Luisa Veisaga, Director of the Andean Studies Program at Florida International University, and Walt Wolfram, renowned linguist and producer of First Language. Hosted by Rev. Houston Cypress, artist, poet, and environmental activist (Otter Clan, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; Twitter: @OtterCypress)

6:45 pm: Interview with rapper AWICH Mitzi Carter, Director of FIU’s Global Indigenous Forum, interviews rap sensation Awich about bringing Okinawan language, indigenous identity and culture to the world stage through hip hop.

Watch via Zoom this coming Monday at 5pm EST / 2pm PT by clicking here: HTTPS:/GO.FIU.EDUINDIGENOUSPEOPLESDAY2021

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