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Cherokee Gambling

They liked to gamble via the Basket Game, ditalutsa anetsodi, ᏗᏔᎷᏣ ᎠᏁᏦᏗ. they used 6 dice, kola diquanayosdodi, ᎪᎳ ᏗᏆᎾᏲᏍᏗ, made of seeds or beans with black/white sides. Lots of betting on all sides dark and so on. (AKA bowl dice or squaw dice) The Cherokee men in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, loved to wager on this game.

 

Pocahontas’s White Lineage: Married John Rolfe, a son, Thomas. Among her descendants, Ellen Louise Axson, wife of President Wilson, and Anne Frances Robbins, wife of President Reagan. White lineage is shown. Pocahontas first married Kocoum, Potowomac warrior, a daughter, Ka-Okee, Little-Goose. Among her Indian descendants is singer Wayne Newton. (No Indian lineage chart available)

 

 

Not just in the Amazon

Yes, Cherokees used a blowgun, Duquesdv ᏚᏇᏍᏛ, made from rivercane—about 6 feet long. Children used it to kill small game. The dart, Diyosdi ᏗᏲᏍᏗ, is hardwood with thistle fletching—about 18 inches long. Nowadays they are used in competitions—shooting at targets about 60 feet away. Chucha, the boy in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, uses one.

 

Little Brother of War

Anetsodi, ᎠᏁᏦᏗ, Little Brother of War, was a Cherokee version of stickball, the southeastern version of lacrosse. Stickball uses 2 small sticks instead of 1 long stick. Cherokee stickball has a 25-foot-high goal in the middle of the field with a wooden fish on top. 1 point for hitting the pole and 3 for hitting the fish. Still very popular among southeastern tribes. Not an easy game—I played lacrosse in my younger days and got injured many times. Chucha, the boy in my novel Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, loved this game.

 

 

Inspired by my great-great grandfather, Bill Pennington, who was born in 1830. During the 1838 Trail of Tears, he and his family fled from their Cherokee village and settled in a rural area a few miles north of Charlestown, Indiana.

After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live. Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family again?

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Chunkey was THE game back in Mound Builder times. Players hurl hickory spears with wooden points at a rolling 6-inch stone chunkey disc. The players whose spear lands closest to where the disc stops gets 1 point, 2 points if touching the disc. Chunkey fields are about 100 feet long.

The Cherokees in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, played this game.

300px-Catlin_Tchung-kee,_a_Mandan_Game_Played_with_a_Ring_and_Pole_01Chunkychunkey 4Cherokee Indian Chunkey Game Disk Stone

 

Dates back to the Mound Builders. This is for adults (and older children) once using stone balls, nowadays using billiard balls. The court is 100 feet long with 5 holes in the shape of an L. Played among the Oklahoma Cherokee.

Weirdly enough, Roley Hole Marbles is played by adults in Monroe County, KY and nearby Clay County, TN. Coincidence? Cherokees live in the area.

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