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Sonny Ledford

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General Grant

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Betty DuPree

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R. Eddie Bushyhead

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Jean Bushyhead

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Sonny Ledford

Carver, dancer, and lecturer on Cherokee history

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

When Sonny Ledford teaches others about Cherokee culture, he says, "I tell about how I grew up, from a child to a man." As a small child growing up in Birdtown, Ledford spoke Cherokee, and he only began to learn English when it became a practical necessity for enrolling in kindergarten. His mother, a member of the Bird Clan, and his father, a member of the Long Hair Clan, both spoke Cherokee as their first language, and were deeply versed in the tribe's history and traditions of artistry. Geneva Teesatuskie Ledford, his mother, was from the Snowbird Community.

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Jean Bushyhead

Cherokee language expert

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Jean Bushyhead provides Cherokee language resource materials for the classroom and information on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' tribal language program in the schools. Although she did not grow up speaking the language, Jean worked extensively with her father, Robert Bushyhead, to document the grammar and pronunciation of the Cherokee language and to create a series of lessons for use in the Cherokee schools.

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R. Eddie Bushyhead

Cherokee flutemaker, musician, language specialist

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Eddie Bushyhead is a musician who makes and plays the rivercane flute, a traditional instrument among the Cherokee. He entertains large and small audiences of all ages with traditional flute music and contemporary "Rez Music". Eddie Bushyhead can also speak about the Cherokee language and about language preservation efforts in the Cherokee community.

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