Thursday, November 22, 2007
Thanksgiving: Cherokee Youth Choir Featured in Macy's Parade
What a joyous event! The multiple-award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir gave an outstanding performance during the Macy's annual Thanksgiving parade in New York City.
For today's performance, a special rendition of "Jingle Bells" was performed in the original Tsa li ge (Cherokee) language. Clad in traditional Cherokee clothing, the talented voices soared in a cultural expression of traditional tribal values and outreach to other communities.
They've won several NAMMY's (Native American Music Awards) and NAMMY nominations-- the music industry equivalent of Grammys for Native American performers. "Voices of the Creator’s Children," their CD pairing with Grammy-winning Cherokee musician singer Rita Coolidge earned two nominations and one win. The next year, the choir again won a NAMMY for "Building One Fire."
The choir has also appeared with Dolly Parton, performed at major events in Washington, D.C., and sung at Ground Zero in New York City.
Organized in 2000, the 50-member choir is sponsored by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Singers, who are between middle school and high school ages, must go through rigorous auditions to land a coveted spot in the choir.
The photo shows the choir performing in Tahlequah, OK, the capital city of the Cherokee National of Oklahoma.