The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest tribal nations in the United States, is breaking down barriers and dispelling stereotypes by changing the way Native Americans are portrayed and redefining the way their stories are told.
âThe Cherokee Nation has a long history of preserving our culture, history and language by carefully and intentionally passing them down to each generation,â said Cherokee Nation Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. âThe Producers, Directors, onscreen personalities and Cherokee team members, writers, researchers, editors and others behind the scenes, serve as important storytellers and custodians of culture in today’s growing digital age, and they render an invaluable service by deconstructing decades of inaccuracies and blatant misrepresentations of Native American citizens. “
Over its six seasons, the tribe’s first TV show, âOsiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,â dynamically featured hundreds of Cherokees from the past and present. The series aims to help preserve and share Cherokee culture, history, language, traditions and more.
The entertainment industry awards circuit has noticed. The Tribe’s cultural television show, often referred to as OsiyoTV, continues to be honored with numerous regional, national and international accolades for its pioneering approach to sharing the real stories of the Cherokee people. OsiyoTV quickly ranked among the most award-winning Indigenous Directed Series in the industry and recently won four more Heartland Regional Emmy Awards, bringing the total number of Emmy wins to 13.
“It is a testament to the talent and efforts of the production staff at Cherokee Nation Businesses to be recipients of the 2021 Heartland Emmy Award,” said Audrey Elling, Executive Director of the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy. “They demonstrate the skill and heart to achieve this extremely high level of excellence in their work. We are proud that they are part of our chapter.”
In a direct effort to increase the presence of Native Americans at all levels of the film and television industries, while creating opportunities for economic development and employment in the Cherokee Nation, the tribe has also established the Cherokee Nation Film Office. in 2019.
âIt is absolutely vital that Indigenous peoples see themselves portrayed accurately and authentically in all forms of media,â said Jennifer Loren, CN Film Office and Original Content Director. âCherokees around the world are doing amazing things, making a difference, and carrying on our tribe’s legacy of remarkable resilience and triumphs. It’s an incredible honor for our team to be able to share these hard-hitting stories with the world.
âOsiyo, Voices of the Cherokee Peopleâ will launch its new season exclusively on Cherokee National Day on the first weekend in September. Season 7 is scheduled to premiere, both digital and on TV, in November.
For more information and to watch âOsiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,â visit www.osiyo.tv. To connect to the first-ever database of Indigenous talent, teams and businesses / support, join the Cherokee Nation Film Office’s growing list of film industry professionals at www.Cherokee.Film.