"I am not all Indian.
My great-grandfather was the last full-blooded Cherokee relative I have. But
the intangible, Indian quality is as tenacious as cockleburs on socks."
– Diane Glancy "Offering"
|Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center
people ask about how much Indian blood I have, I usually quip that it is so
far back in my family history if I sneezed too hard I could lose it altogether.
That usually dispels the issue. The truth is I have never personally traced
my ancestry. I was told we were part Cherokee when I was in my 20s. It was not
until my 30s though, when Cherokee "coincidences" started cropping up all over
the place, that I gave much thought to it. That is why I like the Diane
Glancy quote (above) so much.
2003 - CHEROKEE NATION
LEADERS GATHERED AT THIS CAPITOL BUILDING AND MADE A DECISION TO PASS
ON THE GREAT CHEROKEE LEGACY AND NOT TO LET IT DIE KNOWING THAT COMING
GENERATIONS WOULD JUDGE THEM ON WHETHER THE LEGACY WAS TRULY PASSED FORWARD.
The above text is
an inscription from the historical capitol building grounds in Tahlequah,
Oklahoma (pictured at right).
2003 - CHEROKEE NATION LEADERS GATHERED AT THIS CAPITOL BUILDING AND MADE A DECISION TO PASS ON THE GREAT CHEROKEE LEGACY AND NOT TO LET IT DIE KNOWING THAT COMING GENERATIONS WOULD JUDGE THEM ON WHETHER THE LEGACY WAS TRULY PASSED FORWARD.
The above text is an inscription from the historical capitol building grounds in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (pictured at right).
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In the Cherokee Bill's Teaching Center area (upstairs at the Teaching & Sharing Center of Grand Ledge), I have a good selection of Cherokee reference materials (books, videos, computer presentations, the heritage and arts display, etc) available for use on site. If Cherokee history is new to you, I have a personal introduction I present using the Cherokee Heritage and Arts display. I affectionately refer to it as Cherokee History 101. If interested, drop by the Center when it is open or call for an appointment.
In this website, you will find Cherokee topics within the Scrapbook Photos and Poetry & Pictures Books mix as well. I used to clearly delineate the categories on those pages, but I no longer separate my learning and respect for traditional First Nations perspectives from my Christian walk. It is all one journey. It is my journey. You too have a path that Spirit has given to you. Indeed, if you, like I, were born in this country, you are a native American. The same earth we walk upon supported those before us and our culture reflects heavily their influence. Whether you are connected by lineage to one of the First Nations, or simply awakening to a greater respect for our indigenous ancestors, I hope, in some small way, that what I share here and elsewhere can help you to find your way to fulfillment.
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