Tommy Wildcat

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Cherokee Nation "National Treasure" Tommy Wildcat, playing the flute at the Cherokee Nation Hard rock Casino CCO - Community Cultural Outreach Cherokee Leaders Conference in Catoosa/Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2013

Tommy Wildcat is a Native American musician and academic.[1]

Background[edit]

Cherokee Nation National treasure Tommy Wildcat is an enrolled, full-blood citizen of the Cherokee Nation. His parents are Annie and the late Tom Webber Wildcat, he also has a twin sister named Tammy. Tommy Wildcat graduated from Sequoyah High School 1985, and a Graduate of Northeastern State University 2014, Bachelor- Major Cherokee Cultural Studies, Minor- American Indian Studies in Tahlequah.[2] He is a hereditary member of the Wolf Clan.[3]

Tommy Wildcat's family appears in National Geographic magazine's September 2005 issue where Tommy holds his nephew, Skylar Wildcat.[3] His father, Tom Wildcat was designated a Cherokee National Treasure in 1995 for his skill in making turtle shell shakers and featured on the American Express commercial Charge Against Hunger 1995 aired during the Beatles anthology.[4][5]

Music[edit]

Turtleshell rattle made by Tommy Wildcat

A self-taught composer of flute songs, Tommy has learned traditional vocal songs of his tribe from his father, Tom W. Wildcat.[6]

Tommy Wildcat's company, A Warrior's Production, has produced four full-length albums. His first was released in 1995,[2] including Tom Richard's The Real Outdoors on the Nashville Network.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "May I Suggest 'Pow Wow Flutes' by Tommy Wildcat," Indian County Today
  2. ^ a b Nammy.htm "Wildcat, Cherokee Flutist, Earns Top Honor at Native American Music Awards, "Flutist of the year". The People's Path. 2002 (retrieved 28 May 2009)
  3. ^ a b Conley, Robert. A Cherokee Encyclopedia. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007: 264. (retrieved through Google Books, 28 May 2009) ISBN 978-0-8263-3951-5.
  4. ^ National Treasures. Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council. (retrieved 6 July 2009)
  5. ^ The Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000: 124. ISBN 0-7385-0782-2.
  6. ^ Duvall, Deborah L. The Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000: 124. ISBN 0-7385-0782-2.
  7. ^ McClure, Tony Mack. Cherokee Traditional Music Performed by Tommy Wildcat. (retrieved 28 May 2009)

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