Roy Boney Jr.

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Roy Boney Jr.
Born 1978
Nationality Cherokee Nation
Education BFA Oklahoma State University, MA University of Arkansas
Known for Comics, animation, drawing, painting

Roy Boney Jr. (ᎧᏂᎦ ᎪᎳᎭ, b. Dec, 1st, 1978) is a full blood Cherokee comic artist, fine artist, computer animator and language preservationist from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and a hereditary member of the Deer Clan.[1]


Roy Boney Jr. grew up speaking the Cherokee language. He studied at Oklahoma State University, earning a BFA in Graphic Design. He received his Masters of Arts degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was a member of the Sequoyah Research Center team and received the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Fellowship.[2]

Visual arts

With Matthew Shepherd, Boney created the graphic novel series, Dead Eyes Open, published by Slave Labor Graphics. From a comic background, Boney ventured into fine art drawing and painting. His fine art debut in 2006 yielded the Grand Prize at the Cherokee Heritage Center's Trail of Tears art show[3] and inclusion in the traveling exhibit, Frybread and Roses: The Art of Native American Labor. Several of Boney's paintings are in the permanent collection of the Sequoyah National Research Center.

Media arts

Boney collaborated with Joseph L. Erb at American Indian Resource Center, Inc., teaching animation to Muscogee Creek and Cherokee Children. Their Native language animated films have received numerous awards.[4] Boney is currently a language media specialist for the Cherokee Nation.[5] Erb and Boney developed an iPhone application for Cherokee language text messaging and are developing Cherokee language social network and video games.[6]


Boney is a regular contributor to Indian Country Today Media Network and First American Art Magazine.

See also


  1. ^ Rossman, Megan. "Graphic Content." Oklahoma Today Magazine. July/August 2012.
  2. ^ "Boney Enters Trail of Tears Art Show." Sequoyah Research Center. 21 April 2006 (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)
  3. ^ "Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale." Southwestern Art. 1 July 2006 (retrieved 5 Nov 2009, through Highbeam Research)
  4. ^ King, Patty Jo. "Studying abroad, Native style." Indian Country Today. 25 Oct 2009 (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)
  5. ^ Staff. "Texas donor gives computers to CNEC." Cherokee Phoenix. (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)
  6. ^ Proposal for the creation of RezWorld 3D video game to teach Cherokee. Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved 5 Nov 2009)
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