“Nanyehi” short film to be inducted into Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame

Pictured: Cherokee Nation citizen Winnie Guess Purdue as "Nanyehi."(Photo: Cherokee Nation)

Induction ceremony and screening slated for April 20

News Release

Cherokee Nation

The award-winning short film “Nanyehi” is being recognized by the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame for sharing the compelling story of legendary Cherokee Nancy Ward.

The short film will be inducted into the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theater in Muskogee. A screening of the short film will immediately follow the ceremony. 

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(Image: Cherokee Nation)

“This film represents such an important part of not just Cherokee history, but of Oklahoma and U.S. history as well,” said Becky Hobbs, “Nanyehi” co-writer. “We had such a wonderful team working to support this project and a cast that truly brought our vision to life. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share this story with the world.” 

Produced in 2016, the film shares the story of Ward, who was a Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, and her role in the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century. The struggle between peace and war is skillfully depicted by a local cast of 44 from northeast Oklahoma, the vast majority being Cherokee Nation citizens. The film was shot entirely within the 66,000 acres of the Cherokee Nation.  

“The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame is dedicated to advancing filmmaking in Oklahoma, and we work hard to give this industry proper recognition within our state by showcasing talented individuals and impactful films with Oklahoma ties,” said Avery Frix, director of the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame at the Roxy Theater. “It’s easy to see why our committee was so passionate about selecting ‘Nanyehi’ for induction. The short film features a carefully crafted story that is unique to Oklahoma and was filmed in its entirety within our state, reaffirming Oklahoma as a production destination. We couldn’t be more proud to recognize this film and hope that the public will join us at the historic Roxy Theater to celebrate this year’s inductees.” 

Since its debut, the “Nanyehi” short film has received several industry accolades, including Director’s Choice Award, Native American Vision Award, Best Family Short, and three Audience Choice Awards for Best Short, Best Theatrical Trailer, and Best Theatrical Poster. 

It was co-written by Hobbs, who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, award-winning songwriter and recording artist and a direct descendant of Nancy Ward. Additional co-writers include Holly Rice and Nick Sweet. The film is scored by Duane Sciacqua and is co-produced by David Webb with Nanyehi Productions LLC in conjunction with Holly Rice Films. 

The 2019 Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is open to the public and free to attend, though advanced registration is encouraged by calling (918) 684-6366.

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