Ed Fields and me in 2006, when I was in Oklahoma on business

Ed Fields and me in 2006, when I was in Oklahoma on business

Got an email this weekend from my Cherokee language teacher, Ed Fields. Always great to hear from him. Ed has taught online Cherokee classes for the nation’s cultural resources department for the past few years. I’ve completed Cherokee 1, 2 and 3 (several times each) and really enjoy Mr. Ed’s patience and humor. I’ve learned a lot — I’m not fluent, by any stretch of the imagination, but I can understand enough to get the gist of the Cherokee radio broadcasts available on iTunes and to carry on a basic conversation. Wado, Mr. Ed.

I’m signed up to take Cherokee 3 again this season (classes start the week of Jan. 12). Jesse and I will also take Cherokee 1 using the online lesson archives. This is in addition to the Lakota and Ojibwe classes we will be taking starting next weekend through the American Indian Education Program in our school district. We’ll have our own Tower of Babel when we’re done.