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UCO to Host Cherokee Artist for Lecture on Language Preservation

March 13, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of English and the American Indian Studies Program will host artist, filmmaker and digital media specialist Joseph Erb 6 p.m. March 27 in Pegasus Theater in Central’s Liberal Arts Building as part of the Sherman Chaddlesone Arts and Letters Lecture Series. A reception hosted by New Plains Review, Central’s literary journal, will follow Erb’s lecture.

Erb, who was the first to produce a short animated film based on a traditional Cherokee story in the Cherokee language, will discuss art, language, moving light and his work in the Cherokee Nation.

“The Chaddlesone series allows the Central community an opportunity to interact with iconic, established and emerging American Indian artists,” said Timothy Petete, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Central.  

“Erb's projects fuse American Indian languages and emerging technologies, and his resources help communities enhance existing American Indian language programs.”

Erb’s current work is a combination of his interests: art, traditional storytelling, language preservation and teaching. His Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students produce native language animations, learning both new technology and their own traditional culture.

The Sherman Chaddlesone Arts and Letters Lecture Series is a program of readings and cultural events the Kiowa artist Sherman Chaddlesone established at Central.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Petete at