Roy Boney Jr.

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Roy Boney Jr.
NationalityCherokee Nation
EducationBFA Oklahoma State University, MA University of Arkansas
Known forComics, animation, drawing, painting

Roy Boney Jr. (ᎧᏂᎦ ᎪᎳᎭ, b. Dec, 1st, 1978) is a Cherokee comic artist, fine artist, computer animator and language preservationist from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and a hereditary member of the Deer Clan.[1]


Roy Boney Jr. grew up speaking the Cherokee language. He studied at Oklahoma State University, earning a BFA in Graphic Design. He received his Master of Arts degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was a member of the Sequoyah Research Center team and received the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Fellowship.[2]

Cherokee language[edit]

Boney works as the manager of the Cherokee Nation language program,[3] and previously was as a language media specialist for the Cherokee Nation.[4]

Visual arts[edit]

With Matthew Shepherd, Boney created the graphic novel series, Dead Eyes Open, published by Slave Labor Graphics. From a comic background, Boney ventured into fine art drawing and painting. His fine art debut in 2006 yielded the Grand Prize at the Cherokee Heritage Center's Trail of Tears art show[5] and inclusion in the traveling exhibit, Frybread and Roses: The Art of Native American Labor. Several of Boney's paintings are in the permanent collection of the Sequoyah National Research Center.

Media arts[edit]

Boney collaborated with Joseph L. Erb at American Indian Resource Center, Inc., teaching animation to Muscogee Creek and Cherokee Children. Their Native language animated films have received numerous awards.[6] Erb and Boney developed an iPhone application for Cherokee language text messaging and are developing Cherokee language social network and video games.[7]


Boney is a regular contributor to Indian Country Today Media Network and First American Art Magazine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rossman, Megan. "Graphic Content." Oklahoma Today Magazine. July/August 2012.
  2. ^ "Boney Enters Trail of Tears Art Show." Sequoyah Research Center. 21 April 2006 (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)
  3. ^ Sitek, Zuzanna (July 11, 2019). "Cherokee Tribes Say Native Language is in State of Emergency". KUAF.
  4. ^ Staff. "Texas donor gives computers to CNEC." Cherokee Phoenix. (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)
  5. ^ "Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale." Southwestern Art. 1 July 2006 (retrieved 5 Nov 2009, through Highbeam Research)
  6. ^ King, Patty Jo. "Studying abroad, Native style." Indian Country Today. 25 Oct 2009 (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)
  7. ^ Proposal for the creation of RezWorld 3D video game to teach Cherokee. Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)

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