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This profile was last updated on 9/15/02  and contains information from public web pages.

Ms. Jean L. Bushyhead

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Employment History


  • Bachelor of Science Degree , Education
    University of Kansas
  • Masters of Arts , Education
    University of Kansas
Web References
Smoky Mountain News | Reading Room, 15 Sept 2002 [cached]
Jean Bushyhead, project manager of the Cherokee Language Project, praises Bender's "interest in and willingness to become involved in our Cherokee culture.The results of her studies are informative and enlightening to the Cherokee Language Project.'
Drew Management Group, Inc. - Native American Affairs, 24 June 2003 [cached]
Ms. Jean Bushyhead
Ms. Jean Bushyhead
Advisory Council Members:
Ms. Jean Bushyhead
Ms. Jean Bushyhead is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, N.C.Jean is Manager of the Cherokee Language Project.For the past nine years, Jean and her father, Mr. Robert Bushyhead, work tirelessly to preserve the Kituhua Cherokee Dialect.During this time the father-daughter team identified the traditional speakers among tribal members, created a language dictionary, revived the traditional storytelling, and installed the language into an existing pre-school curriculum of the Cherokee Central School System.
Jean served as a Lead Trainer for the Native American Language Program under a Training and Technical Assistance Contract with the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Native Americans.Before taking a sabbatical from the Cherokee Central School System to work on this language project she taught for 11 years.Jean taught in the Bureau of Indian Affairs Cherokee School from 1978-1983.Prior to that time she taught in the Kansas City, Mo., School System.Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Masters of Arts in Education, University of Kansas.
Stories - Thundering Echo, 13 Sept 2002 [cached]
VIRGINIA - A growing market of collectors willing to pay top dollar for artifacts is feeding criminal activity in Virginia where officials are concerned about looters desecrating history.Their main target is Indian remains.Grave sites are desecrated as looters steal ceremonial headdresses, masks, jewelry, turquoise, metal, skulls and bones.Some collectors will pay thousands to own a piece of the past, a prize to augment the decor of their home.The problem isn't just prevalent in Virginia, but is a growing one across the nation, according to a recent Conference on Indian Affairs sponsored by the Virginia Council on Indians.
Like many places, Virginia has countless tiny cemeteries and burial grounds hundreds of years old tucked away in the woods or deep in fields.
Bushyhead, a minister, interpreter, logger and actor, has been honored for his work preserving Cherokee language and culture through recent publication of one of his collected stories.His voice is one children still hear on language tapes as they learn to speak their native tongue. Cherokee linguist Bushyhead dies at 86, 30 July 2001 [cached]
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.
Bushyhead 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.
He 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.
Stories - Thundering Echo, 13 Oct 2001 [cached]
Bushyhead, a minister, interpreter, logger and actor, has been honored for his work preserving Cherokee language and culture through recent publication of one of his collected stories.His voice is one children still hear on language tapes as they learn to speak their native tongue.Many ancestors of these Cherokee children were sent away to boarding schools and restricted from speaking their native language causing knowledge of the language to fade in some families.Back to HeadlinesBack to Index
Modern Agriculture Owes Much to IndiansMore than half the crops grown around the world today were initially developed by Native Americans, including tomatoes strongly associated with Italian foods, potatoes grown in Ireland, and every variety of hot pepper grown in Thailand originated in the "new world."
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