Robert Lewis to be among the speakers at Reinhardt College on January 13 & 14th. These talks are part of the College's Year of the North American Indigenous People.
What do you have when you invite a storyteller, an artist and an expert genealogist to speak at Reinhardt College? An interesting afternoon and evening of learning about the Cherokee culture and how Cherokee life is being preserved.
Artists and storytellers Robert Lewis and Gina Burnett will present traditional Cherokee stories on January 14 at 1 p.m. in the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center. Gene Norris, the senior genealogist with the Cherokee National Historical Society, will speak that evening, at 7 p.m. at the Funk Heritage Center. All three are from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, and their talks are part of the College's Year of the North American Indigenous People.
"Hopefully those who attend will learn about Cherokee culture and storytelling as a means of preserving the Cherokee way of life", says Michael Martinez, library director and the current "Year of" coordinator at the College. "Robert and Gina will be talking about the use of storytelling as a way of preserving cultural morals and ethics. On Thursday night Norris will be speaking on Cherokee genealogy."
Gene Norris is a board certified genealogist specifically trained in tracing Cherokee ancestry. He is the senior genealogist with the Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. Norris has also been actively involved in genealogical research for 23 years and has been specifically concentrating on Cherokee genealogy since 1994.
Gina Burnett (left) also among the speakers at Reinhardt College on January 13 & 14th. .
Robert Lewis is the Official Storyteller of the Western Band of the Cherokee Nation and works for Cherokee Nation as a school/community specialist. He conducts outreach classes and services in art, cultural or storytelling for the Cherokee Nation education department. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Northeastern State University and teaches evening classes in art and native crafts.
Gina Burnett is the outreach coordinator at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Okla. She arranges and implements visits to the schools and communities in her region. She has been demonstrating and teaching various crafts and activities in the ancient village, local schools and community events for more than five years.
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