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Princess Enheduanna, the daughter of King Sargon of Akkad, lived in Ur more than four thousand years ago and wrote in Sumerian, using cuneiform, a series of wedges that formed an alphabet. (a thousand or so years before Homer) She became High Priestess of Inanna, the Goddess of Love.

Five of her works survive and have been translated into English. Her most well-known work, Nin-me-šara or The Exaltation of Innana, deals with palace intrigue. The other four are hymns: In-nin ša-gur-ra or Inanna…. (translation of second word not provided).  n-nin me-huš-a or Inanna and Ebih. The Temple Hymns. And lastly, Hymn to Nanna. (only 20% of the tablets have been translated so we may see more of her work) Photo is of Innana, not Enheduanna.

Sample of a hymn translated by Betty De Shong Meador

Temple Hymn 7
The Kesh Temple Of Ninhursag,The Lofty
High-lying Kesh
in all heaven and earth you are the form-shaping place

spreading fear like a great poisonous snake

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My picture book, Spearfinger, traditionally takes place in the Snowbird Mountains/Nantahala River valley of North Carolina, but I like to think Spearfinger could have haunted many places where the Cherokees lived, even in Kentucky where I live. Kentucky means “meadowlands” in Cherokee. Whiteside Mountain, in the Snowbirds, is her rumored home.

Bilingual Cherokee/English picture book: SPEARFINGER / ᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎦᏰᏌᏗ / GATISDI GAYESADI . Spearfinger the witch terrorizes the Cherokees. Can Chucha discover her secrets & end her rampages? Bilingual, 60 pages of full-color illustrations. Author: Charles Suddeth. Illustrator: Carrie Salazar. Translators: Lawrence Panther and Tim Nuttle. http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/charles-suddeth.php

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The 2017 Green River Writers Contest is now open for entries. 2 Grand Prize categories plus 13 poetry & prose categories. Break out the pen, the pencil, the keyboard. Craft your best poem, pull together that first chapter of the next great novel, document the last family holiday in an entertaining creative narrative, and send them all to this year’s contest. $1700 in cash prizes in 2 Grand Prize categories plus 13 poetry & prose categories.

All entries must be postmarked by September 30, 2017. http://www.greenriverwriters.org/about.html

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Books away!!!!!!

Book launch for my picture book Spearfinger. Saturday, August 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Learning Express of Louisville. We will have a book reading, snacks, and children’s activities. Come join us!

Learning Express of Louisville

[beside Kroger Middletown]

12619 Shelbyville Rd

Louisville, KY, 40243

502-254-7774

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Sequoyah!

Sequoyah (ᏍᏏᏉᏯ Ssiquoya, is the inventor of the Sequoyah Cherokee syllabary. (c.1770—1843) My hero.

 

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Books away!

Charles Suddeth: Book launch for my picture book Spearfinger is Saturday, August 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Learning Express of Louisville. We will have a book reading, refreshments, and children’s activities. Come join us!

Learning Express of Louisville

[beside Kroger Middletown]

12619 Shelbyville Rd

Louisville, KY, 40243

502-254-7774

 

SPEARFINGER/ᎦᏘᏍᏗ ᎦᏰᏌᏗ/GATISDI GAYESADI

Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages? Bilingual Cherokee/English picture book in paperback and hardback.

Contains 60 pages of full-color illustrations and text in English and Cherokee. Illustrator: Carrie Salazar. Translators: Lawrence Panther and Tim Nuttle.

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Snake Doctors/The Dog That Saved Humanity

By Joyce Rheal and Brian Wilkes. Narrated by Kim Crow

An anthology of two traditional morality tales, including exposure to Cherokee language.

“The Snake Doctors”: When you see dragonflies gather, there may be snakes nearby – watch out! Everyone has their own talents, their own “medicine”. Our medicines may change over our lives. Once you give up some part of you, even if you didn’t mean to, you may not be able to get it back. “The Snake Doctors” teaches us not to try to be something we’re not, especially to impress somebody else. It teaches us that we can recover from our own problems by finding somebody else who needs our help. And remember – if you do something on a dare, you may be sorry!

“The Dog Who Saved Humanity”: Why do dogs love us so much, and why are they willing to risk their lives to rescue us? Joyce Rheal and Brian Wilkes retell the ancient story of the dog who warned humans of the Great Flood that was on the way. Native American teaching stories are often linked to specific locations, and this one is linked to a specific mountain in Tennessee, where the Ark came to rest, and where the survivors erected a 16-foot-tall stone dog to remind them of the event. This book examines the deep connection between Southeastern Nations and their beloved dogs. A fun audiobook you’ll share with your children and grandchildren over and over again!  [print version is also available]

https://www.amazon.com/Snake-Doctors-That-Saved-Humanity/dp/B073ZN3Q3D/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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