By Renee Fite
Artist and language preservationist Roy Boney doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t draw. His cartoons, comic book characters and art are used to preserve and educate others about Cherokee history and language, even on an iPhone and iPad. One of his paintings hanging at the Cherokee Art Center depicts Sequoyah using an iPad with the Cherokee syllabary on it.
As a specialist with the Cherokee Language Technology program in the Education Services Department at the Cherokee Nation, Boney has an opportunity to combine several of his talents and interests–art, culture and history–like working with Apple to get the syllabary on the iPhone and iPad.
“You can text in Cherokee; every iPhone and iPad in the world has it now,” Boney said.
Boney seeks to broaden people’s perception of Cherokee art through his forms of artistic expression.
“It’s a goal to dispel the stereotypical ideas people have about Cherokees and Native Americans in general,” he said.
He illustrated one story, “Horn-toed Lady and Coyote,” in a collaboration for an anthology of Native American Trickster stories.