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 (born May 3, 1967) Northeastern State University Graduate 12/13/14, Bachelor- Major Cherokee Studies, Minor American Indian Studies. A Cherokee Nation "National Treasure", Native American cultural promoter, flute performer/composer/maker, historical Cherokee & American Indian lecturer. He is a 4/4 BIA-CDIB Citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Utube - Tommy Wildcat to hear and see flute music videos. Native American, BIA-CDIB-Certificate Degree Indian Blood, registered citizen of Cherokee Nation BIA-Bureau of Indian Affairs, a Department of the Interior Washington D.C. He was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the old W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital by Northeastern State University.

Tommy Wildcat 2014 Graduate Northeastern State University, Bachelor- Cherokee Studies, Minor- American Indian Studies. Currently - 2015 Wildcat works for Cherokee Nation Administration, Community Service-Community Cultural Outreach, as a History and Cultural Specialist. From 2009 to 2012, he worked at the Cherokee Heritage Center Museum Ancient village supervising and managing a recreated 18th-century Cherokee village, 1710−1771.

Background[edit]

Tommy Wildcat lives in Park Hill, Oklahoma and is an enrolled, 4/4 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.[1] He is a hereditary member of the Wolf Clan.[2]

The Cherokee Nation has honored Tommy Wildcat, by inducting him into the Legacy of a "National Treasure" in 2013 for his flute music & flute making (river cane flutes), a title also bestowed upon his father Tom Webber Wildcat. The title National Treasure is awarded to those Cherokee Nation Citizens who have dedicated their life's work - Art and have made significant contributions to Cherokee history and culture. Since 1988, Wildcat has been active promoting the history and culture of the Cherokee people.

Film 2015 - YouTube - Tommy Wildcat or Osiyo.Tv 4th Episode to see Wildcat's May 2015 Segment of OSiyo TV. filmed at the United States Capitol, National Museum American Indian, Washington D.C. & Sequoyah Indian high school, Cherokee Nation Tahlequah Oklahoma.

Washington D.C. 2015 performance National Museum American Indian Performance.

Northeastern State University 2014 Graduate, Bachelor - Major Cherokee Studies, Minor - American Indian Studies.

YouTube Tommy Wildcat Video Documentary with Kristin Dickerson KTUL "8" Oklahoma Journalism Award 2014.

MC-Master of ceremonies, at the 175th anniversary of the "Trail Of Tears" memorial, 5/18/2013, New Echota state historic site, Calhoun Georgia.

Oklahoma Magazine - Featured Photo - "Keeping A Legacy" August 2013.

2012-2014 Three (3) consecutive appearances to Perform for the Cherokee Nation Principal Chiefs's "State of the Nation Address'

Six-6 Venues in our Washington D.C. 3-National Museum of American Indian, Library of Congress, Grand Opening, American History Museum.

Tommy Wildcat's family appears in National Geographic magazine's September 2005 issue where Tommy holds his nephew, Skylar Wildcat.[2] 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.[3][4]

Music[edit]

Turtleshell rattle made by Tommy Wildcat

Facebook or Utube "Tommy Wildcat," to hear & see flute music & Documentary.

A self-taught composer of flute songs, Tommy has learned traditional vocal songs of his tribe from his father, Tom W. Wildcat.[5] Tommy hand makes authentic five-hole Cherokee river cane flutes. He was awarded "Flutist of the Year" at the "2002" Native American music Awards.

Tommy Wildcat's company, A Warrior's Production, has produced four full-length albums. His first was released in 1995.[1] His albums are distributed through several Native American distributors. He has traveled and toured extensively, including 4 tours in Europe, 17 tours in Hawaii, 5 Washington D.C performances, 5 times to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, 17 NCAA University's, 37 College's total, numerous festivals and pow-wows, and, special venue appearances across the United States.

Recordings of his flute music have been utilized by the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, the Island Park in Cherokee NC, and many of the Cherokee Historic sites in northern Georgia. More than 65,000 CD units have been sold.

Film and video[edit]

Recent 2015 -

2015 - Cherokee Nation's Osiyo.TV 4th episode May 2015.

2013 Oklahoma tourism commercial Utube Views # 2,403,966 Nationally. Trail of Tears Documentary AIB-Atlanta May 18, 2013.

2013 Cherokee National Holiday 2013 KTUL Channel "8" Produced by Kristen Dickerson, YouTube Tommy Wildcat to View.

Tommy Wildcat has appeared in the Discovery Channel's Native American Series How the West Was Lost (The Trail of Tears) (1993); Schlegendger's production of The

Cherokee People; Greystone Productions' The Trail of Tears (1994); Arkansas Educational Television Network's The Cherokee People; TNT World

Premiere of Tecumseh, The Last Warrior; and special credits in Lee Johnson's The Trail of Tears; A New World Symphony Orchestra Platinum Entertainment Records,

and Tom Richard's The Real Outdoors on the Nashville Network.[6] Trail of Tears - Documentary, May 2013 AIB-Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.

Discography[edit]

  • A Warriors Spirit
  • Warrior's Flutes: Flames of Fire
  • Pow Wow Flutes 1: Wildcat's Flute Music
  • Powwow Flutes 2
  • The Fire People
  • Cherokee Flutes Ah-Nee-Yvh-Wi-Yvh

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ National Treasures. Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council. (retrieved 6 July 2009)
  4. ^ The Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000: 124. ISBN 0-7385-0782-2.
  5. ^ Duvall, Deborah L. The Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000: 124. ISBN 0-7385-0782-2.
  6. ^ McClure, Tony Mack. Cherokee Traditional Music Performed by Tommy Wildcat. (retrieved 28 May 2009)

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