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Preaching the Gospel the Baptist way in Cherokee

The missionary movement in into Cherokee country started in the early 1800ís. Some of the earliest Baptist missionaries were Jesse Bushyhead, John Timson and Kaneeka (John Wickliffe). These fiery Cherokees helped create in earnest the Cherokee Baptist which eventually became the most dominant religion of the Cherokee. By 1821 the last bastion of the practitioners of traditional Cherokee religion were the poor largely full blood Cherokee in the Valley Town near the Hiwasse River in Western North Carolina. It was around this time that Baptist Minister Evan Jones began his ministry to the Cherokee in this area. Out of this community came the new breed of Cherokee ministers.

Durbin Feeling - Baptist Preacher and Renowned Cherokee Linguist

DURBIN FEELING
Baptist Preacher and Renowned Cherokee Linguist

Biography


EDUCATION

In Progress
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences
University of California
Pending
Doctor of Humane Letters, an Honorary Doctorate from Ohio State University
Department of Linguistics to be conferred March 19, 2004
1992
Master of Arts in Social Sciences
University of California
1979
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Northeastern State University
Tahlequah Oklahoma
1966
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
Bacone College
Muskogee Oklahoma


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001-pres.
Professor, Native American Languages, University of Oklahoma, Norman
2000-2001
Adjunct Professor of Cherokee
Rogers State University
1993-1999
Adjunct Professor of Cherokee
Department of Languages
University of Tulsa
1992-99
Tribal Linguist
Cherokee Nation
1988-91
Instructor, Cherokee Institute (summer) University of California
1988-89
Host, Human Journey Television Productions
California State University, Fullerton
1986-87
Radio News Broadcaster in Cherokee
KGCR Radio in Pryor Ok
1986
Linguistic Consultant, Summer Institute of Linguistics
Wycliffe Bible Translators, Norman Ok
1985-87
Director, Summer Institute of Cherokee Literacy
Cherokee Nation
1984-87
Cherokee Language Specialist
Cherokee Nation
1980-83
Director, Cherokee Adult Education
Tahlequah Oklahoma
1980
Linguistic Consultant at Bacone College
1979
Program Consultant, Cherokee Bilingual Education
Cherokee, North Carolina
1977
Program Evaluator, Mississippi Choctaw Bilingual Education
Philadelphia, MS
1976-79
Director, Adult Education Program, Cherokee Nation
1975-76
News Editor, Cherokee Nation Communication Center
1973-75
Cherokee Language Specialist, Cherokee Bilingual Education


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2002
A Handbook of the Cherokee Verb: A Preliminary Study, in collaboration with Craig Kopris, Ph.D, University of Maryland; Jordan Lachler, ABD, University of New Mexico; and Charles Van Tuyl, Ph.D., M.D.
Funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
2000-2001
Tone Pattern and Metrical Effects in Cherokee Nouns, in collaboration with Dr. Keith Johnson, Ohio State University, and Dr. Marcia Haag, University of Oklahoma.
Funded by the National Science Foundation.
1989-93
Research on Isolating Cherokee Verb Stems. A Study of Cherokee Verb Morphology.
Funded by the University of California.
1987
Research Assistantship with Dr. William C. Watt. A Project on Semiotics,Department of Cognitive Sciences, University of California.
Funded by the University of California.
1988-89
Cherokee Institute, University of California. A Preliminary Study of The Evolution of the Cherokee Writing System.
Funded by the University of California.
1981-83
Research on Cherokee Grammar with Dr. William Pulte, Dept of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University.
Funded by the National Science Foundation.


BIBLIOGRAPHY AND MONOGRAPHS

In Prep.
A Modern Translation of the Cherokee New Testament Cherokee Hymn Book.
2002
A Handbook of the Cherokee Verb: A Preliminary Study, in collaboration with Craig Kopris, Ph.D, University of Maryland; Jordan Lachler, ABD, University of New Mexico; and Charles Van Tuyl, Ph.D., M.D.
1992
Authored, A Structured Approach to Learning the Basic Inflections of the Cherokee Verb. A Master's Thesis University of California.
1991
Edited, SEE SAY WRITE. A method of teaching Cherokee Literacy (includes audio tape) 211 pp. Cherokee Nation.
1987
Authored, The Use of Cherokee in Christian Religious Services, a paper presented at the Seventh Annual Native American Language Issues Institute, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 4 pp.
1986
Authored, Twentieth Century Cherokee: A Nation with a Quadrifid of Linguistic Needs, in Proceedings of the Sixth Annual International Language Issues Institute, pp. 27 29, Norman, Ok.
1982
Translated, Christmas in Those Days, a book of poems by Mary Ziegenfuss. Indian University Press, 124 pp.
1982
Translated, Rattlesnake Band and Other Poems, a book of poems by Robert J.Conley, Indian University Press.
1981
Co authored, Cherokee: A Tone Lancer a Pitch Accent Language? A paper presented at the American Indian/Inner Asian (Tibetan) Bicultural Conference, 6 pp. Bacone College.
1981
Co authored, The Nineteenth Century Cherokee Grammar, Anthropological Linguistics, 19(6): 274 297.
1975
Authored, Cherokee-English Dictionary, Cherokee Nation Tahlequah, Ok.
1975
Co authored, An Outline of Cherokee Grammar, an appendix to the Cherokee English dictionary. Tahlequah, Ok.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2001- present
University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences
2000-01
Rogers State University School of Fine Arts
1993-99
University of Tulsa Department of Languages
1988-91
University of California, Cherokee Institute: Cherokee Literacy, Cherokee culture, Cherokee language, History of the Cherokees, Meaning BasedTranslation and Interpreting, Cherokee Semiotics
1985-87
Cherokee Nation Summer Institute of Cherokee Literacy: Cherokee Literacy,Cherokee language, Meaning Based Translation and Interpreting, Cherokee News Writing and Editing, Cherokee phonetic and syllabic Systems of writing
1973-75
Northeastern State University, Claremore Junior College, high schools and churches: Cherokee Language Conversational course, History of the Cherokees, Cherokee phonetic and syllabic Systems of writing


CONTINUING EDUCATION

Ministry Training Institute - Oklahoma Baptist University extension courses (open)
Wycliffe Bible Translatorsí Training Conference - Waxhaw, NC (1996)
Wycliffe Bible Translatorsí Training Conference - Phoenix, AZ (1996)
Wycliffe Bible Translatorsí Training Conference - Huntington Beach, CA (1994)
Laubach Literacy Course - Syracuse, NY (1991)
Ventriloquism Course - Littleton, CO (1984)


SEMINARS and WORKSHOPS PRESENTED

Indigenous Language Insititute Conference, Alburquerque, N.M. (2002)
Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2002)
Native American Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2000)
Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma (1997)
Oklahoma Native Languages Association, Preston, OK (1997)
The Indigenous Languages Institute (ILI) Santa, Fe, NM (1997)
Native Language Symposium at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC (1996)
East/West Joint Cherokee Council Meeting, Cherokee, NC (1996)
Native Language Sovereignty Symposium, Tulsa, Ok (1995 96)
East/West Joint Cherokee Council Meeting, Cherokee, NC (1995)
Linguistics Conference, Williamsburg, VA (1995)
Native American Language Issues Institute, Oklahoma City, (1986)
Native American Language Issues Institute, Billings, MT (1982)
American Indian/Inner Asian (Tibetan) Bicultural Conference, Bacone College, (1980)
Linguistics Conference, Salt Lake City (1975)
Linguistics Conference, Blacksburg, VA (1974)
Linguistics Conference, Cherokee, NC (1974)


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS (civilian and military)

Native American Language Issues Institute:
National Association for Bilingual Education;
Endangered Lang gage Fund, Yale University (board member
Indigenous Language Institute,
The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA),
Oklahoma Native Languages Association;
Vietnam Era Veterans Intertribal Association:
Honor Guard, Color Guard


CERTIFICATES/AWARDS/DECORATIONS (civilian)

Chilocco Indian High School Hall of Fame inducted by the Chilocco Alumni Association (2003)
Perry Aunko Language Preservation award from the Greater Tulsa Native American Affiliates (2001)
Mother Tongue Translator certificate for satisfactorily completing a 40 hour workshop in Translation Methods, Wycliffe Bible Translators, received in Phoenix, AZ (1996)
Laubach Literacy Action certificate, for satisfactorily completing 12 hour workshop. Emphasis on tutoring Literacy, conducting in accordance with approved Laubach Literacy Action standards, presented by Laubach Literacy Action, Syracuse, NY (1991)
Sequoyah Award, for diligence and perseverance in the perpetuation and preservation of Cherokee culture and heritage. Presented by the Eastern Band of Cherokees (NC) and the Cherokee Nation (Ok) received in Cherokee, North Carolina (1988)
Outstanding Young Men of America award, presented by the U. S. Jaycees in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership ability and exceptional service to the community, Atlanta, Georgia (1985)


CERTIFICATES/AWARDS/DECORATIONS (military)

National Defense Medal, Expert Badge (M 14, M 16, M 60), Vietnam Service Medal,
Vietnam Campaign Medal, OS Bars, Air Crewmen Wings (195`h Attack Helicopter Company), Purple Heart Medal, Specialist Fifth Class Rank, Presidential Unit Citation,
Good Conduct Medal, Honorable Discharge Certificate


EXPERIENCE IN CHRISTIAN SERVICE

2001
Associate Pastor, Indian Nations Baptist Church, Seminole, Oklahoma
2000
Ordained to the Gospel Ministry/Associate Pastor, First Indian Baptist Church, Tahlequah OK
2000
Awarded a Pastoral Ministries certificate from the Baptist Sunday School Board, Nashville, TN for completing a 5 Course Module in Pastoral Ministries.
2000
Awarded a General Church Leadership certificate from the Baptist Sunday School Board, Nashville, TN for completing a 5 Course Module in General Church Leadership.
1999-01
Radio Minister, on the Good News Tellers a Cherokee Radio Gospel Ministry, Sunday mornings, 9:00 9:30. KTLQ 1350 AM, Tahlequah
1998-02
Children's Church/Youth Pastor, First Indian Baptist Tahlequah
1998
Licensed to Preach the Gospel. Credentials given at First Indian Baptist Church, Tahlequah, Ok
1996-99
Clerk, Cherokee Baptist Association Cherokee Baptist Association
1996
Ministry Training Institute, extension courses from Oklahoma Baptist University. 27 SH earned to date
1994-98
Sunday School Director, First Indian Baptist, Tahlequah
1990-92
Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Park Hill Baptist, Park Hill, Ok
1980-87
Music and Youth Director, Park Hill Baptist Church, Park Hill, OK
1985-00
Member of The Gideons International, Tahlequah chapter
1973
Ordained as Deacon, Little Rock Indian Baptist Church, Locust Grove, Ok
1968
Served as Chaplain's Assistant at the U. S. Army Post in Ft. Eustis, VA
1965-66
President, Bacone Student Christian Union (BSCU). Bacone College
1965-66
President, Bacone College Choir Bacone College, Muskogee, Ok
1959
Team Captain, Bible Rally 1960. Little Rock Elementary School, Locust Grove, Ok
1958
Baptized at Little Rock Indian Baptist Church. Locust Grove, Ok






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