“Osiyo.” In Cherokee, it means “Hello,” and starting Jan. 6, a new documentary-style series “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People” will be greeting Arkansans every Sunday at noon.
Highlighting the people, places, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation, “Osiyo” shares the rich and complex story of the largest Native American tribe in the United States. The series presents varied aspects of the nation, including historical sites, artwork and artisans, language preservation efforts, young Cherokees who are making a difference in their communities and more.
Across its four Heartland Emmy Award-winning seasons, “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People” profiles hundreds of tribe members past and present who truly embody what it means to be Cherokee. With a wide range of guests — ranging from professional athletes and coaches to opera singers and Grammy-winning recording artists to MMA fighters and professional bull riders — the series tells the diverse story of the nation.
The Cherokee Nation, based in northeast Oklahoma, is the largest Native American tribe in the United States with about 320,000 citizens. The tribe’s historical lands primarily cover Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. The Cherokees were forcibly relocated by the federal government to Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma, in the 1830s.
Produced by an all-Native team, including host Emmy-winning journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen Jennifer Loren, the team brings life to the nation’s strength, heartache, survival and resilience, and its vibrant and storied culture.
Sundays at noon beginning Jan. 6, 2019