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 use   YUCCA ROOT – for soapy cleansing & hair care

2013: 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 coven consists of 13 members. * Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper (although it is read as transition or change and not literal death). * Hotels rarely have a room number 13. Usually it is called 12a or 14. Same with floors […] Read More

The Story of Corn

Image via Wikipedia The earth began as nothing but water and darkness, and all the animals were in Galúnlati, above the stone vault that makes up the sky. Eventually, Galúnlati became so crowded that the animals needed more room, and they wanted to move down to earth. Not knowing what was below the water, they sent down the Water beetle to explore. Water beetle dove below the water and eventually came back with some mud from below. That mud grew and grew, and finally, it became the island that we call earth. This island of earth is suspended at its four corners from ropes that hang down from the sky, and legend has it that someday the ropes will break and the earth will sink back into the water. Because it grew from mud, the new earth was very soft. Many of the birds flew down to explore the […] Read More

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 relevant today, the case brings up several related factors that affect a much larger slice of Americans. This is because many Americans have Cherokee or other Native American DNA within their genetic makeup. Some families are aware this, some people have heard rumors or stories from family members […] Read More

2000: 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 indeed change with the movements of the other elements. Elements within the rotations planets, stars, and bodies of the heavens. As other cultures station their Zodiac as a permanent fixture the Cherokee Zodiac morphs or changes and becomes as if ALIVE. Always Alive, breaths, lives, and takes upon […] Read More

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 ( A NI GI LO HI ) Also known as The Twister, Hair Hanging Down or Wind Clan. They wore their hair in elaborate hairdos, walked in a proud and vain manner twisting their shoulders. The Peace Chief was usually from this clan. BIRD (A NI TSI S […] Read More

Living the Tao or Qigong of The Sun/Medicine Wheel

The Sun Wheel or Medicine Wheel, which exists all over the Earth, presents insights into the evolution and history of mankind through a better understanding of the cycles of nature. It is a very important part of our ongoingness. In the study of nature and its many patterns, the Medicine Wheel is duplicated in everything. It is constructed with stones, each one representing a part of the universe. This pattern is symbolized by a circle or wheel, with directional spokes. The spokes demonstrate the natural progression of the stages of life as it spins in a full cycle. The pattern of the wheel can be applied in all our life situations where cyclical movements exist. Each spoke of the wheel tells us exactly where we are, both psychologically and physiologically, from where we have just come, and to where we will go next. The word “medicine” means “sacred wisdom […] Read More

A story of the Pipe of Peace

A story of the Pipe of Peace – Cherokee This story was related by a Chickamauga elder. It is a telling. As they say… Nothing is etched in stone… Way back before recorded history, the Aniyuwiya (Cherokee) lived in their country of lakes and rivers, beautiful valleys and rolling mist-covered mountains. They had lived well there for more winters than could be remembered. They had lived with their neighbors in that land with a minimum of disagreement or strife. As time went on, men of the Aniyuwiya started to become at odds with their neighbors over many things. This prompted fights to break out that even escalated into wars. The Aniyuwiya had great warriors and were not afraid to go to war. They had known peace throughout their history, but also their share of great and terrible battles. It seemed that anger was coming far easier than peace. The […] Read More

Cherokee Spirit People

     There was a race of spirit people named the Nunne hi, or immortals, whose home in the old Cherokee country was in the highlands.  They had many townhouses, or communal-type dwellings, especially in the bald mountains, the highest peaks of which no timber ever grew on.  There were large townhouses in Pilot Knob and under the old Nilwasi mound in North Carolina, and there was another one under Blood Mountain, at the head of the Nottely River in Georgia.      The immortals were invisible except when they wanted to be seen, and then they looked and spoke just like the Cherokees.  They were very fond of music and dancing, and hunters in the mountains would often hear their dance songs and drums beating in some distant townhouse.  But when the hunters searched for the source, the sound would shift and they would hear it behind them or away […] Read More