“Nanyehi” Short Film to be Featured at Tribal Film Festival in Tahlequah

Young Nanyehi receives turkey feather cape honoring her as a tribal leader. (Left to Right) Dragging canoe, played by Travis Fite; Chief Oconasota, played by Michael Stopp; and Chief Attakullakulla, played by Ken Foster.

Published August 11, 2018

Local cast shares compelling story of legendary Cherokee Nancy Ward

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The award-winning short film “Nanyehi” will be presented at the 2018 Tribal Film Festival hosted on Aug. 25 in the Webb Auditorium at Northeastern State University.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session with producers and cast, including Becky Hobbs, Winnie Guess Perdue, Travis Fite and David Barnoski.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to share this film with the Tahlequah community in the capital of our beloved Cherokee Nation,” said Becky Hobbs, “Nanyehi” co-writer and direct descendant of Nancy Ward. “We made this story come to life in Tahlequah, and it is a true joy to bring it back home to share with our families, friends and fellow Cherokee.”

The film shares the story of Nancy Ward, legendary Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, and her role in the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century.  The struggle between peace and war is skillfully depicted by a local cast of 44 from northeast Oklahoma, the vast majority being Cherokee Nation citizens.

“We are humbled and grateful for the amount of support we have had on this project,” said David Webb, co-producer of the film. “The passion this incredible story generates to audiences everywhere has fueled its success, but we would not be where we are today without the gracious support we’ve received from the Cherokee Nation and the Tahlequah community. We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Nancy Ward.”

The screening is open to the public and free to attend. Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 918-219-4720 or by visiting the festival’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/TFFest. The Webb Auditorium at NSU is located at 610 N. Grand in Tahlequah.

The “Nanyehi” film has been showcased in Tulsa, Nashville, Fort Worth and Muskogee. Accolades include Director’s Choice Award, Native American Vision Award, Best Family Short, and three Audience Choice Awards for Best Short, Best Theatrical Trailer and Best Theatrical Poster.

It was co-written by Cherokee Nation citizen Becky Hobbs, who is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist as well as a direct descendant of Nancy Ward. Additional co-writers include Holly Rice and Nick Sweet. The film is scored by Duane Sciacqua and is co-produced by David Webb with Nanyehi Productions LLC in conjunction with Holly Rice Films.

For more information about the Tribal Film Festival, please visit TribalFilmFestival.org.

The film will also be featured as part of Tulsa’s 2nd Annual Native American Day at Guthrie Green on Monday, Oct. 8. For more information about the film, please visit NanyehiShortFilm.com.

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