B. Lynne Harlan
George lived near Cherokee for many years and has always been a friend to our people.
The featured writer is Robert Conley, currently the Sequoyah Professor at Western Carolina University. The edition also features the artwork of Sean Ross, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. More than 20 Eastern Band members contributed work as diverse as traditional stories, Cherokee language stories, fiction and poetry.
The work is important in many ways, but perhaps most important is that it features works in the Cherokee language. Very few original writings were published in the Cherokee language during the 20th century. For those learning the Cherokee language, access to writing is limited, and to have another place to enjoy our language is important.