ᎣᏏᏲ ᏂᎦᏓ! ᎠᏟᎩᏂ ᏓᏩᏙᎠ. ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᏯᏩᏕᏘᏴᏓ. ᎦᎴᎼ ᏗᏣᏁᎳ. ᏗᎦᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ NSU.
Hello everyone! My name is Danielle, my Cherokee name is Althgin. I am twenty two and from Claremore. I currently go to school at NSU. Northeastern State University is a college in Tahlequah, OK. It is the only school in the continental US that one can get a bachelor’s degree in a Native American language. I bet you already guessed that Cherokee is my major by the syllabary at the top of the blog. I am getting a bachelor of arts in Cherokee cultural studies with an emphasis in language revitalization. I am also getting a minor in applied linguistics. I hope to go to grad school and get my masters in linguistic anthropology.
I am blessed to be best friends with my dad and mom. My mom has been a big connection to my culture for me. My dad is my rock that I can always rely on. Both are always there for me and rooting me on no matter what endeavor I undertake. I have a brother who is a little older than me… We are actually the same age right now… figure that one out We were super close growing up but that’s probably because he did not know how to tie his shoes, so I tied both of our shoes. He is currently a freshman at Rogers state in Claremore. Go hillcats! (I secretly resent cheering for made up creatures… like “riverhawks”)
I am a very social creature. I have a close knit group of friends that I have know for a very long time. I do not pride myself on having tons of friends, but rather enjoy having a few AMAZING ones.
In my spare time I like to knit, write songs, draw and paint, and shop. I am a compulsive buyer.. but shhh don’t tell anyone. I have many talents but the ones I enjoy doing the most are the ones that allow me to share my heritage. I am a storyteller and a basket weaver. I learned how to weave baskets from my mom and even used the lessons I learned from weaving for my platform when I ran for Miss Indian Oklahoma last year.
I had the honor to serve as Jr. Miss and Miss Cherokee. I ran for MIO last year and hope to try again. For now I have the privilege to serve as the Cherokee Gourd Society Princess. Those guys make me feel like a part of their family and Don always knows how to turn my frown upside down. His granddaughter Nicolette always makes me laugh and makes sure I am doing what I am suppose to when I am suppose to be doing it.
My life is fast pace and crazy, but in my old age I seem to just want to sit and watch the world go by.