Tom Belt Lecture, “Duyuk’ dv’ I: The Correct Way in Cherokee”

Date(s) – Mar 06 2018
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is honored to co-sponsor a lecture,       “Duyuk’ dv’ I: The Correct Way in Cherokee,” by Mr. Tom Belt on March 6th at 7pm in Evans Auditorium on the Berry College campus.

Tom Belt is the Western Carolina University Cherokee Language Program Coordinator and is working to create a state-of-the-art Cherokee language program at the university level. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Belt is a fluent Cherokee speaker and he works closely with speakers from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to produce culturally-based Cherokee language learning material.

As a verb-centered language, in Cherokee the term “duyuk’ dv’ I” can be used in many instances referring to different perspectives, according to Tom Belt. “It also can mean the straight way, point A to point B, or if I were to tell you Sylva is three miles away as the crow flies, I would say ‘duyuk’ dv’ I,’” Belt said. “But, I could also use it as a way to describe how one should live life. Not about things we don’t have. ‘Duyuk’ dv’ I’ is to do things in life that matter, that are large, with forethought.”

The presentation on “Duyuk’ dv’ I” is co-sponsored by Chieftains Museum along with the Environmental Studies program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology & the Department of Religion & Philosophy at Berry College as part of the Chieftains Lecture Series at Berry College.