TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation’s Anadisgoi Magazine and the tribe’s ongoing efforts to perpetuate the Cherokee language through mainstream and emerging media have both received top honors in this year’s international Hermes Creative Awards competition.
Cherokee Nation received 18 total prizes in the competition, which is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. More than 6,500 entries from across the United States, Canada and dozens of other countries were judged in the annual competition. Government agencies, colleges and universities, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies all participated.
Cherokee Nation has received five platinum awards, eight gold awards and five honorable mentions.
“With over 400,000 Cherokee citizens living around the world, it’s more important than ever that we find unique and creative ways to keep them informed and engaged with their Cherokee Nation government,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Using the power of words and visual storytelling through magazines, social media posts, graphic design and video production, we are able to keep Cherokee citizens informed and offer them new ways to engage in their tribe as well as the culture and language that is so inherent to the Cherokee people.These creative awards not only reaffirm the importance of our outreach and communication efforts, but they remind us that the Cherokee are leading the way among professionals public and private sectors.
Cherokee Nation received platinum awards for its Winter/Spring 2021 edition of Anadisgoi magazine, which reported on the tribe’s historic efforts using medical science, facts and compassion to respond to and recover from COVID-19. The latest edition of Anadisgoi magazine, which highlights the Cherokee Nation’s commitment to saving and perpetuating the Cherokee language, received three gold medals.
A second platinum award was given for the tribe’s overall efforts to use mainstream and emerging media to help perpetuate the Cherokee language during the first term of Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, and three platinum awards were awarded for the Cherokee Nation’s use of various mediums to showcase the annual Remember the Removal Bike Ride through both video and creative design.
The platinum award is the highest honor awarded in each category.
“I want to thank our Cherokee artists, writers and videographers who are amazing storytellers on behalf of the Cherokee Nation and our Cherokee communities,” Deputy Chief Warner said. “They are gifted Cherokees who use the talents the Creator has given them to ensure that Cherokee voices are included in important discussions around the world. Their work has always been a role model for others and I am delighted to see it recognized by industry peers internationally.
The writing, creative designs, video and social media campaigns judged and awarded in the competition were all created by Cherokee Nation’s communications department.
The Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals judges look for individuals and entities whose “talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.”
Here is a list of awards, by category, awarded to Cherokee Nation:
• Teamwork: perpetuating the Cherokee language
• Video creativity: “Never forget: remember the moving bike ride”
• E-magazine: Anadisgoi Magazine COVID-19 edition
• Poster Design: Remember the 2021 Moving Bike Ride
• Marketing/Branding Poster: Remember the Bike Ride 2021 Move
• Video, event: remember the 2021 moving bike ride
• Video, Educational: Cherokee Bowmaking with Noel Grayson
• Interactive capabilities: Cherokee language edition of Anadisgoi Magazine
• Design, overall publication: Cherokee language edition of Anadisgoi magazine
• Magazine: Anadisgoi Magazine edition in Cherokee language
• Social media campaign: Remember the Removal Bike Ride 2021
• Marketing/branding poster: Cherokee National Holiday 2021
• Series of podcasts: “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds”
• Documentary: “Cherokee spoke here”
• Press Release: First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Visits Cherokee Nation Reservation
• Social media campaign: Cherokee language social media campaign
• Design development and collaboration: Cherokee National Holiday 2021
• Interactive capabilities: Cherokee Nation 2022 wall calendar