“So that you can just learn one word. If that’s all you can learn, just keep using it and then add to your words and then you can just develop.” — Virginia Thomas
Citizen combines passion for language with art
OKMULGEE, Okla. — Virginia Thomas participated in the arts and crafts event in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival senior activities.
Her craft was Mvskoke words, hymns and phrases embedded in a necklace.
Thomas is the founder of the MCN language program and the MCN Challenge Bowl.
“My dream was to make sure the language stays alive, and so when you see people here they don’t speak Creek, but they want to be a part of it,” she said.
Thomas said for those that do not speak the language, learning one word at a time is common.
Thomas took several words and phrases and made them into jewelry.
She also took verses from Creek hymns, translated them into English and made jewelry out of them.
“A lot of people can sing the hymns, but they don’t know what they’re singing,” Thomas said.
This year, Thomas made one-worded necklaces.
“So that you can just learn one word. If that’s all you can learn, just keep using it and then add to your words and then you can just develop,” she said.
Her favorite part of the senior activities was being able to see everybody.
“To see everybody because they come in from all over,” Thomas said.
Festival allows her to see family and friends from all over the state.