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Roy Boney Jr.


Articles by Roy Boney Jr.

Tribute: Robert J. Conley Told Towering Cherokee Tales

News

Tribute: Robert J. Conley Told Towering Cherokee Tales

Robert J. Conley was a giant of the Native literary world whose 80-plus books gave us an authentic, lively rendering of Cherokee experience. Conley’s realm was one of irreverence and wit, and he will rightly take his place among the Cherokee literary elite.When Conley left this world on 16,...
Good Times, Fun Lies: Stories That Bring Truth to Fiction

Culture

Good Times, Fun Lies: Stories That Bring Truth to Fiction

Cherokee stories and cultural themes come alive in Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), the first new collection of traditional and contemporary western Cherokee stories in more than 40 years. Every culture has origin stories, tales of epic heroes and heroines, parables...
Book Strips Away the Myth Surrounding the Cherokee Syllabary

Education

Book Strips Away the Myth Surrounding the Cherokee Syllabary

The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People’s Perseverance—Book Review It was the great Sequoyah (ca. 1770–1843) who invented the Cherokee syllabary, thereby making reading and writing in that language possible. He labored on his creation for years while his peers derided his efforts, some going so far as to it...
Cherokee Artist Roy Boney Jr. Reflects on Steve Jobs

Cherokee Artist Roy Boney Jr. Reflects on Steve Jobs

I received a text on my iPhone on the morning of October 6 that said, “???, ???.”  It’s a simple Cherokee greeting, akin to “Hello, friend” in English.  It’s pronounced “oh-see-yo, gee-na-lee.”  It may not seem like much to the casual observer that has been sending and receiving for...