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I am building this page, that we might "Honor" OUR "Ancestors"!

I am of mixed Blood, Cherokee, English and Irish.....
I am not an enrolled member of any Federally recognized tribe!
This fact, makes me no less Cherokee!
Many of the best known Cherokee leaders, including Sequoyah and Chief John Ross (1/8 Cherokee with blue eyes), were of mixed blood.
As a child, I can remember my Grandfather Ely speaking of OUR Cherokee Heritage. He was VERY PROUD of this. He had been taught very little, because of the times and location. Kentucky and Virginia! He was always told of his Cherokee Heritage by his Father. He taught what he knew! To be kind to the People and treat them in a good way. ALWAYS to be PROUD of, and HONOR your Cherokee Ancestors.

My other Grandfather, Daniel, was another story! He loved to kid Grandfather Ely about his "kin" living in the mountains. We all lived in the mountains! This went on as long as I can remember! Grandfather Ely always agreed, and stayed PROUD!!

As an adult, I have talked with many of my relatives. I gathered as much family information as possible. With the help of several cousins, I was able to gather the Family Genealogy back to the early 1700's! Both sides of my family. I discovered "ALL" my Cherokee Ancestors! Remember my Grandfather Daniel? The big kidder! Well as it turns out, he had as much "Cherokee" BLOOD as my Grandfather Ely. I feel sure he knew it all the time, to much there, to not know! I am sure he was always taught to conceal it.


"There are many people who could claim and learn from their Indian ancestry, but because of the fear their parents and grandparents knew, because of past and present prejudice against Indian people, that part of their heritage is clouded or denied."

--Joseph Bruchac, ABENAKI


"Our people don't come in parts. Either you are Indian, or you are not."

--Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE

We really need to take a look at how Indian People are talking about Indian People. We say there are Rez Indians, Traditional Indians, Urban Indians and Breeds. This type of thinking will keep us separated. An Indian is an Indian, a brother is a brother, a sister is a sister. We are all related. Today, let us respect ourselves and our people. Today, let me realize Indians are Indians.

Great Spirit, let me see the Unity of the People. Indians are Indians.



"To me, if you're Indian, you're Indian. You don't have to put on your buckskin, beads, and feathers, and stuff like that."

--Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK

The most important thing that determines who we are is on our insides, not our outsides. If we are Indian inside, that's all that matters. Being Indian means to think right, to be spiritual and to pray. Feathers and beads don't make us Indian. Being Indian means to have a good heart and a good mind.

Great Spirit, today, let me think Indian.


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"The manner with which we walk through life is each man's most important responsibility, and we should remember this with every new sunrise."

--Thomas Yellowtail, CROW

Every spiritual person should carry a vision of God's will in every area of their life. One day at a time, each morning at sunrise, we should spend time praying to the Creator. We should say something like, my Creator, this morning I ask you to show me, in terms I can understand, what you have for me to do. By doing this daily, over time, we will develop an unquestionable vision. Each person is responsible for taking the time to do this. It will bring great joy and peace of mind to those warriors who do.

My Creator, give me the vision, today, of what you want me to do.


"We must relearn how to cry. A strong man cries; it is the weak man who holds back his tears."

--Archie Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA

Indian men and other men should really meditate on this Elder's saying. So many men have been taught it is unmanly to cry, to show emotions or to feel. When people cry, the Elders say there are two types of tears – one type will taste salty; the other type will taste sweet. One is caused by pain, and the other is caused by the release from the pain, or joy tears. A strong man knows himself and knows his relationship with the Great Spirit. The release of tears is a spiritual act. Our bodies are designed to cry. We should honor our bodies and use them as the Creator intended.

Great Spirit, Grandfather, today, teach me to cry.


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You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round..... The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours....
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.

Black Elk -- Oglala Sioux Holy Man


~~ GONE ~~

I wake in the morning to sounds of the Mother and to the warmth of the sun and leave my house where my fathers lodge once stood,

Go to the car and drive down the paved road which my fathers traveled on horse back across the prairie,

I cross the park and go past the tennis courts and baseball fields where my fathers once had winter camp and I climb the mountain, To the top to touch the sky,

I light my pipe and blow smoke to the four winds and sit within the circle scratched in dirt.

I look out upon the land below and see the houses turn to teepees and the cars to buffalo, the planes to eagles.

I look upon the lake and see warriors in canoes instead of rushing speed boats. And then everything turns slowly back to the way it was.

I see that the Mother still lives below us, and I wonder, have we not forgotten the land ?

Do we not shun away from what the whites have done to it? The mother still lives and we still belong to her.

Many have forgotten the past and call it dead, but these things still live within my heart and my spirit. And the children, have we taught them to keep this in their hearts.

Our people are not gone they are merely lost, they cannot find their path forward because they do not know where they have come from.

I will cry no more for what has been lost, but will raise my peace pipe to the air and thank the Great Spirit for my vision. The way is forward.

To teach the children all the wonderful things they have to be proud of.

This nation, this United States would have no past, if it were not for my fathers, no stories of greatness, and no stories of sadness.

These stories must be told and taught, but not with sadness, told with pride.

I raise my fists to the air and thank the Great Spirit for bringing me to the People, for my victories and my defeats.

I toss tobacco to the four winds and journey back down the paved roads with the four winds blowing through my windows...and truly I am "Home".

The lands are not gone, the buffalo are not gone, the people are not gone.

They live in my heart and my spirit, they will only be gone when we have forgotten them and have not passed those things on to our young.

Author Unknown


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The Newest Indians
A very interesting article in The New York Times


A Must Read..
News From Indian Country - Late June Issue
(States Endorsing New Tribes is Damaging Our Culture)
by Silena Jumper
A Rebuttal by Tony Mack McClure, Ph.D.
AHO!!


A Cherokee teachings of Life story

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

He says to the boy, "A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves."

"One is evil - he is anger, envy, regret, greed, false-humility, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, pride, and ego."

"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."

"This same fight is going on inside you, my son - and inside every other person."

The boy was quiet for a minute, then asked his grandfather, "which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed"!



As my Grandfather always taught me,

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Success or a s qua dv, as the Cherokees use the term, is a sense of doing something and having the rewards. But anyone has to take care that a little success does not weaken effort or steal initiative. Persistence must be our constant companion for however long it takes and for whatever it requires of us, to keep stretching our limits, refining our spirits, renewing our minds. Things have never been important to the Cherokee as much as land and home and family. But success means different things to different people. Nearly all agree that dignity and respect are symbols of success - and spiritual foundations are not just buildings or groups but an inner power and strength of an individual.

~ Among themselves every warrior is an orator . an excellent way to whet the courage of their youth. ~

WILLIAM FYFFE

"A Cherokee Feast of Days," Joyce Sequichie Hifler


IDEAS

You can offer your ideas to others as bullets or as seeds.
You can shoot them, or sow them; hit people in the head with them, or plant them in their hearts.
Ideas used as bullets will kill inspiration and neutralize motivation.
Used as seeds, they take root, grow, and become reality in the life in which they are planted.

The only risk in the seed approach:
Once it grows and becomes part of those in whom it's planted, you probably will get no credit for originating the idea.

But if you're willing to do without the credit...you'll reap the harvest.

Author, Unknown


ANCIENT KNOWING

THE WISDOM FLOATS UPON THE SEAS,
NESTLES IN THE FOREST,
AND STANDS AMONG THE TREES.
THIS ANCIENT FORM OF KNOWING,
GROWS AMIDST THE SANDS,
WAITING FOR THE HUMAN RACE
TO LEARN FROM THE LAND.
THERE AMONG THE WHISPERS,
OF CREATURES, STONE AND WIND,
THE WISDOM OF THE ANCESTORS
IS WAITING TO BEFRIEND
ANY HUMAN SEEKER WHO
WANTS TO FIND THE WAY,
HONORING THE ANCIENT WISDOM
THROUGH ACTIONS TAKEN TODAY.
FROM: EARTH MEDICINE
BY: JAMIE SAMS


VISITORS IN ANOTHER'S LAND

Native Americans have many unspoken rules of conduct. The improper manners of an uninformed guest have frustrated Indian people for years because the host is usually not willing to correct a visitor for a breach of etiquette.
The standards of proper behavior are taught from the time a child is old enough to walk and are so ingrained that natural respect for others simply becomes a way of being.

When we are guests in another's home or in another's land, we are required to follow the Tribal Traditions of that land in order to show respect to our hosts. If we do not know these Traditions, we ask permission before doing anything. It is proper to offer to help with the work involved getting meals, doing chores, and cleaning, We never carry feathers or other Medicines with us when visiting. The same things that bring us strength may offend another or their Tradition.

We never look in drawers or closets, or pick up any object without permission. We do not eavesdrop or observe any disagreement, removing ourselves to allow privacy for others. We stay out of anything that is not our business. We never assume--we ask.

We never do a Ceremony on land that is not our own without being invited or receiving permission from the local Elder or Medicine Person of that area. These are simple rules of respect that show our gratitude for being hosted by others. Through respect, we Honor the Spirits that are the Guardians of others' lands as well as their customs and their Ancestors.

From Earth Medicine by Jamie Sams

Something Everyone Should Remember!
The Blood Remembers
By: Women Watching


Seven Clans of the Cherokee


"Declaration of Designed Purpose"
Alliances, Disease, and Genocide


Dream

BEING INDIAN IS...
On Being an Indian
by
Danny Lee Bates


When the Lakota heart was filled with high emotion,
he danced. When he felt the benediction of the warming
rays of the sun, he danced. When his blood ran hot
with success of the hunt or chase, he danced. When his
heart was filled with pity for the orphan, the lonely
father, or bereaved mother, he danced. All the joys
and exaltations of life, all his gratefulness and
thankfulness, all his acknowledgments of the
mysterious power that guided life, and all his
aspirations for a better life, culminated in one great
dance - the Sun Dance. -
--Chief Luther Standing Bear--


Endurance, cleanliness, strength, purity
Will keep our lives straight
Our actions only for a good
purpose.
Our words will be truth.
Only honesty shall come from
our interaction
With all things.
--Lakota Sioux Verse--


A long time ago my Father told me what his Father had told him, that there was once a Lakota Holy man, called Drinks Water, who dreamed what was to be..... He dreamed that the four-leggeds were going back to the earth, and that a strange race would weave a web all around the Lakota.
He said, "You Shall Live in square gray houses, in a barren Land......"
Sometimes dreams are weiser than waking.
---Black Elk, Ogalala Sioux, ca.1932---


It does not require many words,
to speak the truth.
---Chief Joseph---


--That We May All Be One ---
I add my breath to your breath
that our days be long on the Earth,
that the days of our people may be long,
that we shall be as one person,
that we may finish our road together.
--- Pueblo prayer ---


* O Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me! I am small and weak, I need your
strength and wisdom.
* Let Me Walk In Beauty, and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.
* Make My Hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
* Make Me Wise so that I may understand the
things you have taught my people.
* Let Me Learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
* I Seek Strength, not to be greater than my
brother, but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
* Make Me Always Ready to come to you with
clean hands and straight eyes.
* So When Life Fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.


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