Jean Bushyhead

Jean L. Bushyhead

Language Project Manager at Cherokee

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Lead Trainer for the Native American Language Program - Department of Health


Carson Newman College

Kansas State University

Bachelor of Science Degree - Education , University of Kansas

Masters of Arts - Education , University of Kansas


Enrolled Member - Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

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Jean Bushyhead
Jean Bushyhead provides Cherokee language resource materials for the classroom and information on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' tribal language program in the schools. Although she did not grow up speaking the language, Jean worked extensively with her father, Robert Bushyhead, to document the grammar and pronunciation of the Cherokee language and to create a series of lessons for use in the Cherokee schools. Born and raised on the Qualla Boundary, Jean Bushyhead attended Kansas State University for undergraduate and graduate work. When she returned to Cherokee, North Carolina, she taught third through sixth grades in the Cherokee Elementary School for more than ten years. Her work with the Cherokee language began one Saturday when she returned home to find her father unloading boxes of language materials into her hallway. "Do something with this," he said. Jean and Robert Bushyhead have worked daily for ten years to document the Kituhwa dialect of the Cherokee language. Jean Bushyhead can accept speaking engagements or present workshops for teachers, students, and other groups. She has given presentations at festivals, conferences, and in classrooms. Call to arrange fees and dates. Jean Bushyhead Cherokee Language Project Manager

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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.'

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