Dr. Candessa Tehee is a Cherokee Nation citizen who earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. She is also an accomplished artist who was recognized as a Cherokee National Treasure for fingerweaving in 2019. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Cherokee Heritage Center, as the Manager of the Cherokee Language Program, and worked in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at the Cherokee Nation Immersion Charter School. She joined the faculty of Northeastern State University in Fall 2016 as a professor in the Department of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies. She currently serves as the Coordinator for the Cherokee Cultural Studies and Cherokee Education degree programs. She is the District 2 Tribal Councilor of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council.
See Candessa Tehee, “ᎪᎩ ᎤᏗᏞᎩ ᏗᏛᎪᏗ ᎾᏂᏪᏍᎬ ᎶᎶ: You can hear locusts in the heat of the summer,” in Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations under Settler Siege (2021) edited by Daniel Heath Justice and Jean M. O’Brien. Find the book at the following link: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/allotment-stories