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The Cherokee National Holiday commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation
Constitution in 1839. It is held in Tahlequah Oklahoma Labor Day weekend—this year will be a virtual celebration. This includes powwow dancing and a gift shop. Visit the official site:[no charge but register] https://cherokeenationbusinesses.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a7f0855ea3954aa3b694e3ce2&id=1f0b34c1e4&e=d1702f0a76


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Cherokee Art

One of my critique partners, Krista Harrington, found a copy of this in the Boone County, Kentucky library. Anidohi ᎠᏂᏙᎯ means Messenger in Cherokee. I am not sure what mythological significance the bird has.

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Cherokee Signs

Cherokee signs are in use on the North Carolina Reservation and in the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. English provided to keep the yonega out of trouble.

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Stone Man

Stone Man, Nun-yu-nu-wi, ᏅᏳᏄᏫ, was a giant Cherokee cannibal. His skin was made of stone, and arrows bounced off him. He had one weakness—he couldn’t bear the sight of a menstruating woman.

One day, 7 menstruating women blocked his path, and made him weak. An adawe, ᎠᏓᏪ medicine man captured him and hurled him onto a bonfire. As Nun-yu-nu-wi burned he told them how to use plants for healing. Next, he taught them hunting songs and dances. When his body burned to ashes, they found 2 gifts: War paint, wadi, ᏩᏗ when painted on a wearer’s face would make prayers come true. And they found an ulunsuti, ᎤᎸᏑᏘ magic crystal used to tell the future.


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The April Full Moon is a Super Moon—biggest of the year. Pink? You will view it through pink tree blossoms that are everywhere.

Cherokees call it Flower Moon Kawoni ᎧᏬᏂ. A customary dance was the “Knee Deep Dance” dustu ᏚᏍᏚ of the Spring Frog.


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Pages for Thoughts

Teen book review by a teen named Julia:


Stone Man and the Trail of Tears is a middle grade historical fiction story that was sent to me by the publisher. This book will be released in exactly one month on October 8th. As the Americans continued to explore the westward areas of the United States, the Indian Removal Act of 1830 allowed the military to take the Native tribe’s land and relocate them- by force if necessary. When twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s village is attacked by soldiers and his family kidnapped, he and his younger sister are on the run. With the help of a white man named Johnny, Tsatsi must become a Cherokee warrior and find the strength to get to Oconaluftee.

I enjoyed how the story accurately conveyed the historical attacks against the Cherokee tribes. Stone Man and the Trail of Tears could be a useful educational tool. I also thought it was extremely important and beneficial how Stone Man and the Trail of Tears proves that not all white men were evil and discriminatory. Johnny took unfathomable risks to protect these two kids, inspiring others to do the same and reach out to those in need. The scenery was wonderful and I loved the action-packed scenes. As sad as the story was, I liked how all the characters were still hopeful and did not give up. We should all have the mentality of these characters. I adored the ending and it warmed my heart!

I highly recommend you read this book!

Title: Stone Man and the Trail of Tears
Author: Charles Suddeth
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
Pages: 162
Series: No
Rating: 5 Stars

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Moon-Eyed People

When the Cherokee entered the Appalachians, they encountered Moon-Eyed People—short people with pale skin who were nocturnal. Some have suggested these were Prince Madoc’s Welsh colonists—I have a more mundane explanation.

The Moon-Eyed People may have avoided the heavily armed Cherokees during the day. 40,000 years ago people migrated north along the Pacific coast. The majority were related to the people of Australia and New Guinea, including people with blond and red hair. A minority were related to pygmies. As they went north, they lost their dark skin, the Ainu staying in Japan. Others crossed the Bering Straits before the Indians. DNA testing in southern Brazil confirms that they settled South America (I call them Pre-Amerindian). I believe the Moon-Eyed People are also Pre-Amerindian, likely related to the Beothuk of Newfoundland. Time will tell.

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Author Greg Pattridge posted a review of Stone Man and the Trail of Tears on his blog: Always in the Middle. https://gpattridge.com/2019/10/06/stone-man-and-the-trail-of-tears/



A fast paced story sure to please historical fiction fans.

It’s a dangerous journey for Tsatsi and his sister. At the young age of twelve he has to become the leader and find safety, even though the rest of his family is gone. The two are almost always wet, cold, and hungry.

First person narration is the perfect point of view for the story. Each chapter ends with an enticing surprise or cliffhanger, which in turn keep the pages turning. Renegades, the Calvary, or sickness will for sure spell their doom, unless they can put their trust with the Stone Man.

The fourteen chapters are further divided into titled subsections, making this a good selection for a read aloud. Historical notes about the Trail of Tears are included in the back along with a glossary of words—both ones used in English and Cherokee.

An important story to tell and yes, good people do make life worthwhile.

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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?

Juvenile Fiction: ages 8 to 12: “The story starts off at a frantic pace and doesn’t let up, sure to pull in readers who normally don’t read historical fiction. The ending is perfectly executed.” – Greg Pattridge, Always in the Middle reviews


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The summer asi (pinkish) was wattle and daub with a chestnut bark roof. Winter asi was dome-shaped, partially underground. Both had center smoke holes in place of chimneys.

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