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Friday, August 29, 2008

No Cherokee Calendar for 2009

Osiyo!

Ko’iga Tsunagilosdi, Galoni tali-sgohi-sonela.
Today is Friday, August 29.


Since the spring, when I took the 2008 Cherokee Calendar off the market and offered free copies to my language students, I have been saying that the new edition would be available in September. It’s almost September, and the low response of the last two years has forced me to change that assessment. It just doesn’t seem that very many people are interested in the old ceremonial calendar. It’s several layers of complicated math and symbolism, and more than a little off-putting at first glance.

What I’m thinking of doing instead is:
[a] offering individual life analysis based on the calendar.
[b] devoting more time completing the online book, Even Heaven Falls Apart,
[c] creating a calendar without deep explanation to both Even Heaven Falls Apart members and life analysis clients.

I’m sorry, but, as any daykeeper can tell you, there are only so many hours in a day. Since there has been little interest in this aspect of Cherokee culture and our connection to our Meso-American roots, I need to focus on things that are better received.

The comment board is open, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Dolphins are Dead

Osiyo!

THE DOLPHINS ARE DEAD

If you’re one of the few who have noticed that the audios in the course material have started sounded like a squeaking, squealing dolphin...

I found a software program that let me convert the audios from Flash back into mp3, and I’m just using a simple embed technique. You should have wonderful, clear sound on any browser.

The downside is that the audios no longer “stream” from the server, but actually download to your computer before they are played. That means if you’re still on dial-up, there maybe a delay before an audio plays. But since most of the audios are just a few words, a few seconds in length, that should be much of the problem.

So if you’re one of those who have been waiting for this technical glitch to be resolved before signing up for the course, it’s fixed! You can go here to begin the enrollment process.

LIVE CLASSES IN KENTUCKY

For those of you in West Kentucky, we’ll begin another five-week live course in Marion, Kentucky in late September. Details soon.

NAMES

PLEASE don’t ask me for your name in Cherokee. I don’t give names. If you were given a name in ceremony, and only told the English version, go back to that elder and ask him or her for the Cherokee version. More on naming protocol later.

Donadagohv!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Welcome to the new blog!

Osiyo! Tsilugi!

Welcome to the new blog for the Speak Cherokee mailing list. This will let me post items that are more involved, with graphics and other features, without jamming your e-mail services with HTML e-mails that may be dumped by various filters.

From now on, the mailing list will be used mainly to let you know when something new has been posted here on the blog.

First of all, welcome to our subscribers in Cyprus, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Australia and Papua New Guinea, as well as those of you in the armed forces. If I missed your country, please let me know.