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Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library

Media contact: Ben Woody (

​Sylva -- The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is hosting a screening of the documentary "First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee" at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 28th, in the Community Room. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A after the 57 minute feature. This program is free of charge.

"First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee" is a documentary film about current efforts to revitalize the Cherokee language, a vessel of knowledge and identity for the Cherokee people. This film won the Best Public Service award at the 2014 American Indian Film Festival. The panel immediately following the movie will be made up of Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, the Executive Director of The Cherokee Preservation Foundation; Dr. Hartwell Francis, director of the Cherokee Language Program at WCU; Tom Belt, the Cherokee Language Program Coordinator; and possibly more.

For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 586-2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.