Cherokee Registry

Cherokee lullabies

The Cherokee Nation Foundation contacted tribal elders and community members for the recovery of seven traditional Cherokee lullabies to create a music anthology called “Usdi Yona” which means little bear. Copies of the CD were given to children in the language immersion school, Indian Child Welfare department, and three hospitals. Men used to traditionally sing the lullabies so Cherokee speakers Wade Blevins, Ed Jumper, Ken Masters and Benny Smith recorded the recovered songs. Traditional instruments and sounds accompany the singers, and each lullaby is introduced by a story in Cherokee. A second CD titled “Songs of the Nightingale” is more contemporary and appeals to a larger audience.

The process is shown below with immersion schoolteacher Dora Dunn.