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Cherokees liked to gig for fish, frogs, and crawdads. (they also fished with arrows) Night gigging tournaments are still held in the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation. The characters in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, gigged for supper during their flight from soldiers.


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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.


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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.

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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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A Cornstalk shoot is a unique Cherokee game. Bows are handmade—hickory, black locust, Osage orange. Targets are cornstalks that are 3 feet by 3 feet, one foot deep. Special tips are used. Each shooter shoots 2 arrows and the number of cornstalks penetrated are tallied. The first to get 50 points/cornstalks wins.

The men and boys in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, would have played this game.



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Cherokee Dragon

The Uktena was giant snake/dragon, Some say Cherokees recalled old days when a dinosaur remnant yet lived. Uktena dwelt in deep pools or high mountain passes. If a warrior stared at the crystal in its head, the man’s heart would stop. This drawing is by a genius Cherokee artist, Daniel Eskridge.

The main character of my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, believed in Uktena.

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Nantahala, ᎾᏁᏔᎭᎳ, means “noonday sun.” Until the Trail of Tears, it was a

Cherokee town—cliffs hid the sun until noon. The Nantahala River is named after it. The town site may be under Lake Nantahala.

The characters in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, came from this area.


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Cherokee Genesis

Kanati ᎧᎾᏘ was the First Man and guardian of the hunt. He taught Cherokees how to hunt. Derived from Cherokee for “hunter,” Kanohalidohi, ᎧᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ. His wife was the First Woman, Ginitsi Selu, ᎩᏂᏥ ᏎᎷ Corn Mother. They had 2 sons, Aniyvtiqualosgi, ᎠᏂᏴᏘᏆᎶᏍᎩ Thunder Boys.

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Tear Dress

This is a Cherokee tear dress, named after the 1838 Trail of Tears. The females in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, wore dresses similar to this.

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