Production has finished on a new Cherokee language animated series pilot episode created through a partnership between the Cherokee Nation, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, and FireThief Productions, an independent film company responsible for the Emmy-winning “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” TV program.
The new animated series is title is pronounced “Inage’i” translating to “In The Woods.” The story follows the adventures of four animal friends who live together in the forests of Turtle Island. Iga Daya’i the mischievous rabbit, Juksvsgi the gruff wolf, Anawegi the conscientious deer and Kvliwohi the wise bear are characters drawn from rich Cherokee storytelling tradition.
The Cherokee Nation funded the animated language series as part of its overall Durbin Feeling Language Preservation Act to preserve and revitalize the Cherokee language. The series also features voiceovers from Cherokee Nation speakers who are part of the Cherokee Nation Film Office’s Native American talent database. A free public screening of the pilot episode will be announced soon.