Sunday, September 28, 2008

Financial Incentive to Study Cherokee

Osiyo, ginali!


More new stuff coming this week using the new dolphin-squeal-proof audio approach. I’ve uploaded audios for the first page of Lesson 3’s list of birds. If you don’t know your tsigilili from your tsaqualode, now’s the time!



Whether or not Congress passes the controversial financial bailout bill, many of you have reported to me that finances are tight right now. I certainly understand, and I’m in the same boat with you. That’s why I’ve announced that until further notice, spouses fly free!

Okay, that’s an old airline commercial slogan. But if you’re a Speak Cherokee student, one family member can be included on your enrollment. This entitles them to take the tests, have their pronunciation corrected, interact with the other students (I’ll set up a student forum when we get 50 enrolled) , and earn a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Just advise me by email, with the name of the family member you want to include.


Beyond that, I’m been thinking of how you can actually make some money. What if I set up an affiliate program? If someone signs up for Speak Cherokee through your affiliate link, which you can set up on a web page, social site like MySpace, or your own blog, you get money. I can either set it up as a lump sum for each new student, or as a smaller amount you will received every month that student is enrolled. It means I make less for each student, but I’m really not planning to retire on the income from teaching Cherokee. If you have any thoughts on this, please reply by email with the word “Affiliate” in the subject line.


It’s almost October, and we’ll soon enter both the traditional new year (Firepit Year) and the annual ethnic obstacle course I call “The Moon of Paper-Feather Headdresses.” It’s the month in which elementary school students make Indian stuff out of construction paper, and learn about the good Indians who helped the Pilgrims. They start of course with Columbus Day, when Europeans began the conquest.

During this time, the news media suddenly remembers we exist, and seems amazed afresh each year as they realize that we still keep out languages and traditions as best we can.

If you’re one of the people who is normally contacted by the news media in your area at this time, what a great chance to lay a little Tsalagi on them! As long as we still speak out language, we are still a distinct people and culture.

Speak Cherokee every day, and teach your children!

--- Brian


ladarra johnson said...

very interesting.

ladarra johnson said...

This is very interesting. I would like to check my family's heritage. My child's Great Grandmother was Cherokee.