Gadugi Members Lead Panel Discussion Following the Film "The Cherokee Word for Water"

November 20, 2014 - Appalachian State University's Greenbrier Theater was nearly filled to capacity as the film "The Cherokee Word for Water" had its campus premiere in honor of Native American History Month. The Gadugi Program, a partnership between Appalachian State and Cherokee Central Schools, sponsored the film, which depicts the true-life and inspiring story of Wilma Mankiller. Gadugi members Joi Owle, Kayla Pheasant and E.J. Carroll assisted with the presentation of the film. Ms. Owle greeted the audience with a brief welcome in the Cherokee language. Following the film Ms. Owle, Ms. Pheasant and Mr. Carroll led a panel discussion on the film, Cherokee culture and history, and the need for greater understanding of the issues still confronting Indian country and the American Indian people. Near the end of the evening a student asked the panel, "We are not taught about Indians, and what we do see is usually wrong. How can a non-Indian learn the truth about Indians and Indian history?" With a beaming smile on her face, Ms. Owle answered, "Ask us."

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Published: Dec 15, 2014 11:15am