Who Am I?

I am an artist and writer. Here's a brief overview of some of what I do.

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My name is ᎧᏂᎦ ᎪᎳᎭ Roy Boney, Jr. a full blood citizen of the ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ Cherokee Nation living in Tahlequah, OK. I am award winning filmmaker, artist, and writer. My work has been shown throughout the United States and internationally.

I hold a BFA in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Art in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. I am the writer, director, producer, and animator of several short animated films spoken in the Cherokee and Muscogee languages including On a Spring Day and Incident at Rock Roe. I have worked on several documentary films, including as an illustrator on the National Park Service production Trail of Tears.

I am also a graphic novelist, having worked on several titles, including the critically acclaimed Dead Eyes Open, and was a contributing artist to the Eisner Award nominated anthology Trickster: Native American Tales.

I am also a contributing author in the book American Indians and the Mass Media and I have contributed art & articles to First American Art Magazine, Native Peoples, & Indian Country Today. Currently, I work in the Language Program for Cherokee Nation Education Services Group in Tahlequah, OK where we have collaborated with companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to ensure the Cherokee language is compatible with their products.

Select List of Art Exhibitions/Screenings

2019 Reclamations: Contemporary Native Regional Art - Faulkner Performing Arts Center - Fayetteville, AR

2018 Curiosity Fest - Oklahoma City, OK - screening of the Osiyo TV television series featurette on my artwork.

2018 Indigenerds - Paseo Plunge, Oklahoma City, OK. An art exhibit I curated that featured Indigenous artists from Oklahoma influenced by comic book artwork

2017-2018 Response to Robert Rauschenber’s "Opal Gospel" - Minneapolis Institute of Art - Americas Galleries - Minneapolis, MN.

2016 – 2018 Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Native Art - Traveling Group Exhibition. Lydon House Arts Center, Athens, GA; Collier County Museum, Naples, FL; Colubmia State College, Columbia, TN; Sequoyah National Research Center, Little Rock, AR; Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK

2017 Indian Offensive - Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Tulsa, OK

2017 - Deep Roots: Contemporary Art in Native America - Fayetteville Underground Gallery Fayetteville, AR

2015 Ancient Ways Modern Forms – Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Culture Tulsa, OK

2014 Concept Me Self Portrait – MainSITE Norman, OK

2014 Santa Fe Indian Art Market – Santa Fe, NM

2013 H2OK: A Response to Water Rights – Norman, OK

2012 – 2019 Cherokee Art Market; Judges Choice 2016; Best of Class Graphics 2019 – Tulsa OK

2013 Solo Exhibition at the Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, OK

2012 Delegation Amérindienne Salon at the Grand Palais - Paris, France

2012 Young Guns exhibit at Tribes 131 - Norman, OK

2012 Zombie Skins - Santa Fe, NM

2007 International Film Festival of India; Screening of my Cherokee language animated film On a Spring Day – Goa, India

2006 International San Diego Comic Convention – Book signing for graphic novel series Dead Eyes Open with publisher SLG Publishing – San Diego, CA

2006 Frybread and Roses: The Art of Native American Labor – San Francisco, CA

2006 - 2016 Cherokee Holiday Art Show - Tahlequah, OK

2006 - 2016 Cherokee Homecoming Art Show; Grand Prize Winner 2015- Tahlequah, OK

2006 - 2016 Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale; Grand Prize Winner 2006 - Tahlequah, OK

2006 – 2019 Five Civilized Tribes Museum Competitive Art Show; Grand Prize Winner 2015  - Muskogee, OK

2006 Native Expressions – University of Texas; screened my animated films in Cherokee language – Austin, TX

2006 National Museum of the American Indian – Animation Celebration: Films for Families, screening of animated film – Washington, DC

2005 Sequoyah Research Center Symposium – Cherokee Language Animation – University of Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

2005 2nd Annual International Cherokee Film Festival – My students’ animated films won First Place in Best Student Animation

2005 American Indian Resource Center Native Language Animation Workshop – Tahlequah, OK

2005 3rd Annual Oklahoma Native Youth Language Fair – University of Oklahoma, Norman – Showcased my students’ Native language animations (Muscogee Creek and Cherokee Language)

Select List of Professional Awards & Honors

2019 Judges Choice Cherokee Homecoming Art Show

2019 Best of Division Cherokee Art Market

2019 Honorable Mention Trail of Tears Art Show

2019 Bill Rabbit Art Legacy Award Trail of Tears Art Show

2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices - contributing author and illustrator

2018 Third Place Drawing & Graphics Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2018 Honorable Mention Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2018 Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices - contributing author and illustrator

2018 Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2018 We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices - contributing author and illustrator

2018 Best Middle School Book award from the American Library Association /American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Awards Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers graphic novel - cover artist, contributing author and illustrator

2018 Achievers Under Forty from the Journal Record

2018 40 Under 40 Award from Oklahoma Magazine

2017 Second Place Drawing & Graphics Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2017 First Place Painting Trail of Tears Art Show

2017 40 Under 40 Award National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

2016 First Place Drawing & Graphics Cherokee National Holiday Art Show

2016 People’s Choice  Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2015 Honorable Mention Trail of Tears Art Show

2015 Second Place Drawing & Graphics Cherokee National Holiday Art Show

2015 Best of Show Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2015 Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Honors and Awards - Comic Book of the Year "We Speak in Secret" - author and illustrator

2014 Third Place Drawing & Graphics Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2014 Second Place Drawing & Graphics Cherokee Art Market

2013 First Place Painting Trail of Tears Art Show

2013 First Place Drawing & Graphics Trail of Tears Art Show

2012 Judges Choice Cherokee Homecoming Art Show

2012 Best of Show Cherokee National Holiday Art Show

2012 First Place Drawing & Graphics Cherokee National Holiday Art Show

2011 Honorable Mention Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2011 Second Place Drawing & Graphics Cherokee National Holiday Art Show

2011 Honorable Mention Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2010 Honorable Mention Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2008 Third Place Drawing & Graphics Five Civilized Tribes Competitive Art Show

2006 Best of Show Trail of Tears Art Show

Select List of Presentations & Workshops

December 2019 - Language Technology For All - United Nations Educational, Cultural, Scientific Office Headquarters, Paris, France

November 2018 – Cherokee Art History Symposium – Tahlequah, OK
Cherokee Graphic Artists and Cartoonists

October 2018: Internet Society Indigenous Connectivity Summit – Inuvik, NWT Canada
Panel Discussion participant on Indigenous Language in Technology

July 2017: American Indian Workshop - University of London, Goldsmiths- London, England; presentation on Cherokee graphic arts and illustration; live screen printing demonstration

March 2017: Society of Early Americanists Conference – Tulsa, OK
From Talking Leaves to Pixels

November 2016: Cherokee Nation Veterans Center – Tahlequah, OK
We Speak in Secret: Cherokee Code Talkers of World War I

April 2016: Cherokee Symposium – Helmerich Center for American Research  - Tulsa, OK
Cherokee Syllabary: Its Development and Evolution 

May 2016: Native American and Indigenous Studies Annual Meeting – Honolulu, HI
A Cherokee Art Movement: Mobilizing the Symbolic Southeast to Revitalize Language and Storytelling – Panel Discussion Participant

September 2015: Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Conference – Washington, DC: Cherokee Language Technology

March 2015: International Conference on Language Documentation – Honolulu, HI
Designing Pedagogy from Cherokee Language and Ecological Documentation

February 2015: American Library Association Midwinter Conference – Chicago, IL
Introduction of Cherokee Language Chapters in Mango Languages Software For Use in Libraries

June 2014: CO-LANG Institute on Collaborative Language Research – Arlington, TX
4 Day Workshop on Software Localization for Native Languages

June 2014: Google Tech Talk – Mountain View, CA
Evolution of the Cherokee Syllabary – An Update

April 2014: Cherokee Days at the National Museum of the American Indian – Washington, DC
History of the Cherokee Language presentation and webcast

April 2014: Symposium on the American Indian – Tahlequah, OK
Southeastern American Indian Art discussion panelist

February 2014: Tribal Telecom Conference – Phoenix, AZ
Discussion Panelist – The Role of Technology in Advancing Native Culture

January 2014: International Mother Language Day Celebration – Catoosa, OK
Cherokee Nation’s Partnership With Microsoft – Windows 8 & Office Online

November 2013: Sequoyah National Research Center 30th Anniversary – Little Rock, AR
Sequoyah National Research Center – Personal Reflections – Keynote speech

November 2013: TribalNet – St. Paul, MN
From Talking Leaves to Pixels

November 2013: Native American Heritage Month History Talk – Tahlequah, OK
Evolution of the Cherokee Language talk for Cherokee Nation History Talk series

October 2013: Bacone College – Muskogee, OK
Five Tribes Story Conference – Art & Storytelling

July 2013: American Library Association Annual Conference – Chicago, IL
Cherokee Language Technology presentation for the American Indian Library Association

April 2013: Symposium on the American Indian – Tahlequah, OK
Discussion Moderator: Assassins Creed III – The Role of Technology in Language Preservation

March 2013: Microsoft Local Language Program – Redmond, WA
Cherokee Nation Language Program

September 2012: University of Washington – Seattle, WA
Cherokee Language Technology: The Syllabary and the Nation’s History of Technological Adoption

August 2012 - State Library of Queensland - Brisbane, Australia
MyLanguage Conference Keynote Speaker

August 2012 University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
Cherokee Community in the Digital Ecosystem

July Typecon 2011: Society of Typographic Aficionados – New Orleans, LA
Typography of the Cherokee Language Through History: The Positive Effects of Orthography

March 2011: Google Internationalization Engineering – Mountain View, CA
History of Cherokee Syllabary Through Technological History

February 2011: Microsoft Research & Development – Redmond, WA
Using Technology in a Cherokee Way

February 2011: Microsoft International Localization – Redmond, WA
Localizing the Cherokee Language

October 2010 Indigenous Language Institute – Albuquerque, NM
Using Technology in a Cherokee Way

September 2010 University of – Norman, OK
New Media in Indian Country: Cherokee Language Technology

June 2008 American Library Association President’s Program – Anaheim, CA
Cherokee Language Animations in Tribal Schools

August 2009 Apple / Cherokee Nation Executive Briefing – Cupertino, CA
Update to Cherokee Technology Language Advances in the Classroom

Work Experience, Appointments, Positions Held

2018 – Present - President of the Five Civilized Tribes Intertribal Council Language Committee

2016 – 2017: Vice President of the Five Civilized Tribes Intertribal Council Language Committee

2015 – 2016: President of the Five Civilized Tribes Intertribal Council Language Committee

2015 – Present: Advisory Board Member for the American Indian Policy Institute – Phoenix, AZ

2013 – Present: Program Manager of the Cherokee Nation Language Program – Tahlequah, OK

2018-2019 - President of Southeastern Indian Artists Association - Tahlequah, OK

2013 – 2018: Vice President of Southeastern Indian Artists Association – Tahlequah, OK

2013 – Present: Editorial Review Board Member for Indigenous Narratives Collective

2007 – 2013: Cultural Specialist Cherokee Nation Education Services – Tahlequah, OK

2012 – Present: Unicode Liaison for Cherokee Nation on the Unicode Consortium

2011: Reviewer for the Oklahoma Department of Education PASS Objective Standards

2011: Adjunct Instructor Cherokee Language Technology Northeastern State University – Tahlequah, OK

2008 – 2009: Illustrator “Trail of Tears National Park Service Documentary” – Tahlequah, OK

2007: Adjunct Instructor Multimedia Design Northeastern State University – Tahlequah, OK

2005 – 2007: Research Fellow at the Sequoyah Research Center – Little Rock, AR

2002 – 2003: Corporate Image Specialist Cell Marque Corporation, Hot Springs, AR

2003 – 2005: Visiting Artist & Instructor for American Indian Resource Center – Tahlequah, OK

2002: Printmaking Apprentice Universal Limited Art Editions – West Islip, NY

2000 – 2002: Principal Animator Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science – Stillwater, OK