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Native American Prophecies

“North American Indian Prophecies”– excerpts from a talk given by Lee Brown (Cherokee) at the 1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Fairbanks, Alaska “There was the cycle of the mineral, the rock. There was the cycle of he plant. And now we are in the cycle of the animal coming to the end of that and beginning the cycle of the human being. When we get into the cycle of the human being, the highest and greatest powers that we have will be released to us. They will be released from that light or soul that we carry to the mind. But right Continue Reading

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Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation – largest of the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast – is a people of Iroquoian lineage. The Cherokee, who called themselves ‘Ani’-Yun’ wiya’ – ‘Principal People’ – the ‘Keetoowah’ – ‘People of Kituhwa’ – or Tsalagi from their own name for the Cherokee Nation – migrated to the Southeast from the Great Lakes Region. Cherokee Timeline 1450 – First Cherokee enter the state in the vicinity of Traveler’s Rest. Tugaloo Old Town is the first major Cherokee village. 1540-1 De Soto “visits” the Cherokee and is supposedly one of the first whites seen by the tribe, although Continue Reading

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WHAT IS A NATIVE?

It is not blood that makes an Native American… It is the soul…. Too many… with fire of Native blood… walk ignored. Do not say I am Apache or Kickapoo.. Do not say I am Sioux or Cherokee. Say…. I am of the Mother Tribe… This is the pain of our children… To return from the stars without a home or community… A tribe lost returns… scattered in the wind. Those who hear must unite and reap the seed of this return. ONE tribe…ONE Earth…ONE Heart…ONE People. Those with ears must build a fire and give thanks this night. Be united Continue Reading

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The Traditional Cherokee Belief System

In a search for order and sustaining that order, the olden Cherokee devised a simple, yet seemingly complex belief system. Many of the elements of the original system remain today. Although some have evolved or otherwise been modified, the traditional Cherokee of today recognize the belief system as an integral part of day-to-day life. Certain numbers play an important role in the ceremonies of the Cherokee. The numbers four and seven repeatedly occur in myths, stories and ceremonies. Four represents all the familiar forces, also represented in the four cardinal directions. These cardinal directions are east, west, north and south. Certain Continue Reading

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The Drum: Drumming from the Heart

The drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The animal who provided the hide did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the animal nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum also honors the four-legged, the winged ones, the crawlers and the bugs. The birch tree who contributed the wood for the frame did so with intention and purpose. In the drum the spirit of the plant nation lives. The honor and respect you show the drum honors the trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses. The stone in the heart of the drum asked to Continue Reading

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MEDICINE OF PLANTS

Once, in the beginning…  animals and people lived together in harmony and talked with each other. However, when mankind began to increase at a rapid pace,  the animals were pushed and crowded into forests and deserts. Man began to kill four-footed’s for their skins and furs,  not just for food that was much needed. The animals… angry at such treatment by those whom they had befriended…  decided they must punish such a greedy mankind. The Bear tribe met in council. This was led by Chief Old White Bear. After many Bears had spoken against humankind and their bloody ways,  war was agreed Continue Reading

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A Basic American Indian Medicine Chest

 ARNICA OIL – for bruises,muscle pain,& sore feet   CALENDULA CREAM – for inflammations,sunburn,&skin disorders   CEDAR LOTION – for general skin treatment & facial care   CORN SILK – for kidney & bladder pains & infections   ECHINACEA CAPSULES – & tincture for colds & infections   ECHINACEA -GOLDENSEAL SALVE – for chapped skin & lips   PUFFBALLS –  for headache treatments,styptics &wounded dressings   SAGE LEAVES – for smudging, purification ,and antiseptic use   SLIPPERY ELM BARK POWDER – for coughs & digestive problems   SWEETGRASS BRAID – for smudging ,purification,& antiseptic use   WITCH HAZEL LOTION – for rashes & skin problems   YARROW POWDER – for pain relief,anesthetic,& antiseptic Continue Reading

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Herbalogy and the Native American Indians

by Terri Jean September 8, 2000 Arnica (Catawba) – the roots are used for treating aches and pains (especially in the back and in joints). Healed injuries such as broken bones, sprains, and bruises. You do NOT want to ingest this herb. It is to be applied to the skin. Aspen (Cree) – the bark was boiled into a tea and used as a couch medicine. Boneset – this tea was used by many tribes and for various healing practices. The Iroquois – for colds and to reduce fever. The Menominees also used it to reduce fever and the Alabama Indians Continue Reading

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Friday the 13th Facts…

Thank you to Cosmic Society www.cosmicsociety.com DID YOU KNOW !?!?? According to Smithsonian Magazine “fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month.” * Fear of Friday the 13th dates back to Nordic Mythology. Many of their thirteenth Gods met with violent deaths, such as Loki, the trickster. * Ancient Romans regarded the number 13 as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune. * Lizzy Borden uttered a total of 13 words at her trial. * There were 13 original colonies. * A witches Continue Reading

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2007: Who is a Cherokee? Many Americans have Indians in the family tree

Steve Hammons March 06, 2007 The Oklahoma Cherokee Nation’s vote last weekend to remove African-Americans from official tribal membership made news in the U.S. and around the world. In a special election Saturday, 76 percent of the 270,000 members of the Cherokee Nation voted to remove the black “freedmen” from official tribal membership. The estimated 2,800 freedman are ancestors of slaves held by Cherokees when they were forced from the Appalachian Mountain region on the “Trail of Tears” in 1838-1839. Over 4,000 Cherokees died from hardships along the way. Although this specific issue of the position of freedmen is interesting and Continue Reading

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Prophecy of the Rattlesnake

The Stars above and its configurations hold TIME UNTIME within its grasp upon all life. As all cultures sustain a Zodiac system written upon Time Untime so also the Chickamaugan Cherokee of the Americas hold also an Ancient Zodiac of the heavens. Within the Zodiac of the Heavens of the Chickamauga Cherokee are etched Ancient designs written upon and within the lines of seeing. The Cherokee Zodiac is alive and moves and spins upon the rings of TIME UNTIME. As the main outline remains its hold and is stationed in the sky of stars its movement within that frozen outline does Continue Reading

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The Seven Clans of the Cherokee

From ancient times the number seven was sacred to the Cherokee People. Consequently, as nomadic tribes wandering the North Ameriacan continent began to settle down and take on distinctive characteristics of place, name, language and customs. It was only natural and logical that the basic arrangment of Cherokee social, religious and political life would develope into a structure of seven clans. The Seven Cherokee Clans: BLUE (A NI SA HO NIJ) The people of the blue clan made a medicine from a bluish colored plant to keep the children well. Sometimes known as the Panther, or Wild Cat Clan. LONG HAIR Continue Reading

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The Wolf Dance

I wanted to give something of my past to my grandson. So I took him into the woods, to a quiet spot. Seated at my feet he listened as I told him of the powers that were given to each creature. He moved not a muscle as I explained how the woods had always provided us with food, homes, comfort, and religion. He was awed when I related to him how the wolf became our guardian, and when I told him that I would sing the sacred wolf song over him, he was overjoyed. In my song, I appealed to the Continue Reading

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