1. We Prayed in Water
    “We Prayed in Water” represents the complexity of an old culture in today’s world. The dominant American culture is a new culture without much knowledge or understanding of its environment. This is a Cherokee animation that talks about a spiritual ceremony known as “going to water”. Cherokees did and many still do certain prayers in water. After the majority of Cherokees were removed from their homelands in the east to Indian Territory, which is in present day Oklahoma, families settled near creeks and rivers. Today these waters are becoming polluted. Fracking is now a large part of the landscape across Oklahoma and in the native nations in Oklahoma’s boarders like Cherokee Nation. These waters, as they become at risk of being polluted, are now threatening Cherokee culture, and these private religious practices like “going to water” This piece was made for a group show called “H2OK”. Animation and Story by: Joseph Erb (Cherokee) is a computer animator, film producer, educator, language technologist and artist enrolled in the Cherokee Nation. He earned his MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Erb created the first Cherokee animation in the Cherokee language, “The Beginning They Told”. He used his artistic skills to teach Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students how to animate traditional stories. Most of this work is created in the Cherokee Language. He has spent many years working on projects that will expand the use of Cherokee language in technology and the Arts. Erb works at Cherokee Nation Education Services. Narration: Durbin Feeling (Cherokee) has been a Cherokee linguist of the Cherokee Nation since 1992. He was born in 1946 and is a Native Cherokee Speaker. He has been teaching Cherokee since 1973. In 1985 he taught the Cherokee Nation Summer Institute of Cherokee Literacy and in 1993 became an instructor at the University of Tulsa. He is a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education and the National Indian Adult Education Association. He has documented the Cherokee language more then any other person living today and holds the distinguished title of “Cherokee Living Treasure” nominated by the Cherokee people and given by Cherokee Nation 2011. Music: Nüket Duman is a trained classical musician. She wrote the original piece for “We Prayed in Water”. She is trained in composing and orchestration in classical music at Evrensel Sanat Müzik Merkezi, Istanbul Turkey. The piece was played on a classical guitar.
  2. Trail of Tears
    The forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from the SE United States reveals one of the darkest chapters in American history. Stories of hardship, endurance, love, and loss come alive as a grandfather experiences removal with his granddaughter.
  3. The Beginning They Told
    First Computer Animated Native American traditional story in a Indigenous language.
  4. Water is Life
    Dedicated to the Water Protectors and their supporters.
  5. Trail of Tears
    The forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from the SE United States reveals one of the darkest chapters in American history. Stories of hardship, endurance, love, and loss come alive as a grandfather experiences removal with his granddaughter.
  6. In Our Own Voice
    Documentary about Language revitalization
  7. Messenger
    Messenger is a traditional Cherokee Story told in Clay Animation. This was made by Cherokee people in the Cherokee Language. This story is dedicated to a friend that passed away at the end of the project, Snow Fields. He was a good Cherokee Man and we still miss him.
  8. KATYDID'S WARNING
    This is a traditional Cherokee Story in the Cherokee Language. It is about a couple of Cherokee Hunters out one evening and one makes fun of the short life of a Katydid. It is important lesson to respect all and not to make fun of others. Cherokee stories have a lot of meaning in them.