CHICAGO – Wilma Mankiller’s historic journey to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation is told in the feature film, “The Cherokee Word for Water.”
The film will be screened on Thursday night in Chicago at the Kerasotes ShowPlace, located at 1011 South Delano Court. It is being presented by the Youth in Mission of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and its director, Vance Blackfox.
“The Cherokee Word for Water” chronicles the journey that led Wilma Mankiller to become Chief of the Cherokee Nation and how the Cherokee people used traditional American Indian values “gadugi” to work together to solve a problem. “Gadugi” is the Cherokee word for when people come together to take care of one another and see the job through to the end.
Set in the early 1980s, the screenplay was inspired by the Bell Waterline Project, which was the subject of national media coverage. Bell is located southeast of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
“The Cherokee Word for Water: A Journey that Transformed a Nation” was one of the most important projects the late Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller began before her sad and untimely passing. Her last wish to her husband, Director Charlie Soap, her friends and family members, was that this film be completed.
WHAT: Screening of “The Cherokee Word for Water”
WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – CST
WHERE: Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection
1011 South Delano Court,
Chicago, Illinois 6060
Monica Whitepigeon contributed to this article.