“I look forward to being interviewed for your film project about Sequoyah. He shaped much of the culture and society over the years. We as a Cherokee people are always updating his writing technologies for modern use. It would be great to talk to you all more about how Cherokees got on the smart phones and other electronic devices. The Sequoyah Film Project sounds like a great project. I am excited to be involved.”
Julia Coates, Ph.D., – Tribal Councilor, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
“I am honored by your invitation to participate in an on camera interview for your upcoming “Searching for Sequoyah” documentary for PBS. I am very pleased to accept your invitation. As a Tribal Councilor of the Cherokee Nation and the lead instructor for fifteen years of the award-winning Cherokee Nation History Course, I have seen the power that the figure of Sequoyah still holds for the Cherokee today. His influence is not only developing a device by which our language can be perpetuated for all time, but also in unifying a people and defending sovereign rights, cannot be overstated.
Thank you so much for the invitation and I look forward to hearing more from you about this exciting project!”
LeeAnn Dreadfulwater – Cherokee Nation Communications Manager
“We are pleased to offer our support of your project for PBS, “Searching for Sequoyah”, which explores lesser-known stories surrounding Cherokee Nation’s history, such as the Old Settlers, Cherokees who emigrated to Mexico Territory and contemporary efforts to revitalize the language.
Having worked with Dr. Weaver on previous projects, including the “We Shall Remain” episode of PBS’s “American Experience”, we know that the subject will be thoroughly researched and treated with due respect. We understand that we may be called upon to provide liaison assistance with research, interviews and technical assistance.
Little is known definitely about the latter part of Sequoyah’s life and we welcome new insights that this program may be able to add. We look forward to collaborating with you on this work.”
Christopher B. Teuton, PhD (Cherokee Nation)
Professor and Chair – Department of American Indian Studies University of Washington-Seattle
“Thank you very much for contacting me concerning your film project, “Searching for Sequoyah.” I would very much like to take part in the film as an on-camera scholar who will speak about Sequoyah and his life. I understand that will likely shoot in the fall of 2015 and I am ready to participate when needed.
Thanks again for this invitation to participate in the film. As you know, there are few Indigenous leaders as talented and enigmatic as Sequoyah, and even fewer of whom scholars seem to know so little. I hope that with your film we will introduce Sequoyah to a larger audience and draw on the rich resources from Cherokee community and current scholarship to do so.”