Meet ᏩᏕ ᎦᎵᏍᎨᏫ (Wahde Galisgewi).

ᏩᏕ ᎦᎵᏍᎨᏫ (Wahde Galisgewi), Ryan B. Mackey, is a Cherokee Nation citizen who earned a BA in Native American Studies specializing in Law, Policy and Education from the University of Oklahoma.

In working over eleven years for the Cherokee Nation, Wahde’s previous roles include Cultural and Community Specialist, and Cherokee language teacher for Cherokee Nation communities, employees, the Cherokee Language Immersion Charter School and Northeastern State University students.

Currently, Wahde is the Language Curriculum Supervisor and a facilitator for the ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏫᏒᏍᎩ, the Cherokee Language Master/Apprentice Program, which creates conversationally proficient Cherokee teachers who teach our language using immersion methods. He works closely with native Cherokee speakers and other Indigenous language programs for Cherokee language revitalization efforts.

His family and community are guiding factors in his life. Wahde’s son attended the Cherokee Nation’s Language Immersion Charter School and both are active in their traditional community. His driving passion is the perpetuation of the Cherokee Language and Life ways and serving his traditional community; language and cultural identity are his foundation.”Visit his blog here. For more information on his insight and the Tsalagi (Cherokee) language.

Interacting with Wahde has helped me gain access to something sacred, my language. Indigenous language. His site inspired me to continue to practice Cherokee. As I continued I realized the more I relaxed, the more naturally it will come to me. Wahde’s blog helps me transition back and forth between English and Tsalagi. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to read texts solely in one language or the other. Sgi Wahde.


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