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Cartoon Characters Help Bring Native Language to Life

28 Feb

Learning is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Some students prefer books, some pictures, and some need audio to “bring the lesson home.” Now, three youngsters are here to help. “The Adventures of Govetse & Koo’oh” is the latest effort from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma’s language department. The brand-new comic strip features three tribal teens who use their Native languages in their short conversations. Govetse (Funny man) is Cheyenne, Koo’oh (Coyote) is Arapaho, and their as-yet-unnamed female friend is both. The characters are the brainchild of Everett Moore, who works in the language department. Moore had been trying to come up with new ideas to help make the C & A languages more accessible to kids, when a light bulb came on. “I thought it would be cool to have some cartoon characters representing the language department, ” Moore said. “These three are gonna be the face.” The characters have already made their debut in the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune and are being used to promote the R.E.Sp.E.C.T. program as well. CATV-47 is also involved in the new characters’ “careers.” Plans are being discussed for some animated cartoons featuring the kids, and more. “It’s endless,” Moore said of the comic’s possibilities. “It’s funny that we’re talking about these characters as almost real people.”

Moore works on new promotions with the guys.

Moore works on new promotions with the guys.

The kids visit Denver.

The kids visit Denver.

Everett Moore works on the next adventure.

Everett Moore works on the next adventure.

Moore says the comic's possibilities are "endless."

Moore says the comic’s possibilities are “endless.”

Go-Vetse and Koo'oh make the Tribal Tribune.

Go-Vetse and Koo’oh make the Tribal Tribune.

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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in CATV 47 Blog, Uncategorized

 

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