CCC Native American Leadership Presents "The Cherokee Word for Water"

February 23, 2014

The Coffeyville Community College Native American Leadership (NAL) program invites the public to a free viewing of "The Cherokee Word for Water" movie.  The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 6th in the Spencer/Rounds Theatre.

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  The film is inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of gadugi-working together to solve a problem.  

Gloria Steinem wrote this review of the film, “The Cherokee Work for Water is a very rare story because it is about the empowerment of people who have been made to feel they have no power.  It is step-by-step, person-by-person, emotion-by-emotion something we all know we can follow.  Like Wilma Mankiller’s philosophy it shows us that change grows from the roots up, the bottom up, like a tree.”

The Native American Leadership program at CCC focuses on developing leadership and team building skills for students while also providing a network of support for them.  Scholarships are available for students from federally recognized tribes attending CCC full-time.  For more information, contact Taylor Davis, 620.251.7700 x 2092 or email [email protected]

Movie Screening for "The Cherokee Word for Water"

Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Location: Theatre

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