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Happy New Year! Ulihelisdi ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ (happy) Atse ᎠᏤ (new) Udetiyvsgv ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏍᎬ (year)

Nvnohi tsaksesdesdi! ᏅᏃᎯ ᏣᎧᏎᏍᏕᏎᏍᏗ! Be careful on the road! Please: ᎰᏩᏧ (Howatsu)

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Long ago in the south, fireworks were the norm for Xmas.

Merry Christmas: Ulihelisdi danistayohihv ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏔᏲᎯᎲ (they are happy/thankful they go shooting—as in firecrackers)

Santa claus: DistayohiᏗᏍᏔᏲᎯ (he shoots- as in firecrackers, AKA firecracker man)

He gives good children gifts: aneha didanedi nigada diniyotli osdaᎠᏁᎭ ᏗᏓᏁᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎣᏍᏓ (he-gives gifts children good)

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Captain Bench will get you!

Yesterday I posted about Captain Bench, the great Cherokee chief. I see this as one of his warriors spying on the Kentucky militia along the Kentucky/Virginia border. Captain Bench says: ᎠᎪᏘᎭ – a-go-ti-ha – he sees it (the militia). Ambush time!

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Captain Bench will get you!

Known as the red-haired Cherokee, Bob Benge (1762-1794) had a Cherokee mother and Scottish father. He was half-brother to Sequoyah. Raised with the Cherokee, Bob raided from southern Tennessee to the Ohio River in Kentucky. Frontier mothers used to say: You youngins be good or Captain Bench will get you. (photo of Benge’s Gap, Virginia, where he died)

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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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