Cherokee Language Program

Cherokee Language Program

Beginning fall 2024, Duke will launch its first American Indian language program with the establishment of a Cherokee Language course series.

These courses will initially be taught by Gilliam Jackson, citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. A fluent speaker, Mr. Jackson began teaching sixth grade and has taught at UNC-Asheville and Stanford University. Early in his professional career, he realized the need to preserve the history, language, and culture of his isolated community. He has recorded audio and video of several oral histories of the Snowbird Community near Robbinsville, NC. Listen to his comments here.

This course series will span three semesters for learners who wish to gain greater proficiency and knowledge of the Cherokee language. It will be offered in a hybrid format that includes online and in-person sessions at Duke University with Mr. Jackson and a field trip to Cherokee, NC for more immersive learning opportunities.