Bushyhead was best known for his work to preserve the Kituhwa dialect of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
In 1992 , Bushyhead and his
daughter , Jean
, started recording the dialect on video and audio.The recordings are used in Cherokee schools as part of the Cherokee Language Project , allowing Cherokee the opportunity to hear the language spoken correctly and fluently.Bushyhead
was raised on the Cherokee Indian Reservation and was 6 when he
first heard the English language.In school , Bushyhead and other young Cherokee were forbidden to speak their language.Bushyhead
refused to forget the Kituwha dialect because he
believed that language is the basis of culture.
also portrayed Elias Boudinot for 18 years in the Cherokee drama Unto These Hills..
...Bushyhead graduated from Carson Newman College and was an ordained Southern Baptist minister
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Whittier United Methodist Church
is survived by his
wife , Jean C. Tahquette Bushyhead of Cherokee ; two daughters , Carol Doan of Edmonds , Washington and Jean L. Bushyhead
of Cherokee ; three sons , the Rev. Dr. Ben Bushyhead of Bryson City , and Eddie and David Bushyhead of Cherokee.He
also is survived by numerous grand children and great grandchildren.