apparentlyjannette

Apparently by Jannette Parent

Princeton, Kentucky | 330 Sales

apparentlyjannette

Apparently by Jannette Parent

Princeton, Kentucky 330 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   I am a contemporary painter and jewelry maker who uses the Cherokee language in my artwork to help preserve the culture, myths and stories for future generations.

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Last updated on Jan 18, 2017

I am a contemporary painter and jewelry maker who uses the Cherokee language in my artwork to help preserve the culture, myths and stories for future generations.

Jannette Parent

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Learning Cherokee

As I attempted to learn the Cherokee language, I had difficulty memorizing the new words and had an especially hard time memorizing the unique syllabary. It uses symbols that represent syllables. Each of the 85 letter characters in Cherokee represents a unique sound of the soft and melodic language. I eventually found that when I used the title of my paintings to describe the subject, I could remember the words. I started with merely naming what was simply portrayed in the painting. Now, I often get more creative with the titles. Whenever possible, I share the stories behind my paintings, passing on the Cherokee culture, myths and history that I have learned in my studies.

The Cherokee language is in danger of extinction. Only an estimated 11,000 people speak Cherokee, and most of those fluent Cherokee speakers are over the age of 50. The Cherokee language will die out within a few generations if something is not done. Language is very important to preserving a culture. Many words which are descriptive of cultural mannerisms, feelings, events, and ceremonies are only identifiable in the native tongue. There is no comparable word in the English language. In addition, prayers and other ceremonies used at Stomp Dances and by Medicine people are in the Cherokee language.

By no means am I an expert in the Cherokee language or its history. Nor will I ever be. I am simply an artist exploring the imagery and art the language inspires. I want to share what I have learned and hopefully inspire others to not let this beautiful language die.

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    In 2005, I began taking Cherokee Language classes for personal enrichment. I knew I was of Cherokee Indian descent, and wanted to learn more about this part of my ancestry. Little did I know, it would change my artistic path forever.

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