Jul 012016
 

The moon of the ripe corn is a time for celebrating the bountiful treasures given to us by Asgaya Galvlati, the “Apportioner”.  The “Green Corn Dance” was Cherokee ball play -- by Mailsonce celebrated at this time.  And it is traditionally the start of the stick ball games known as the Anetsa, or “Little Brother of War.”

[learn more about the Cherokee stick ball game]

 

Art logoIn the old days, the women spent many hours of the day weaving clothes and baskets, crafting pottery, and grinding corn in thex Pottery 002 plazas of their villages.  They passed the time singing songs, gossiping, laughing and sharing skills and stories.  They were happy, productive times.  Feather Smith, a guide at the Diligwa Village, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, explained the Cherokee crafts in these videos from the Native American Antiquity article “Great Sites, Part 6: The Cherokee Crafts.

Apr 032014
 
Nachez Powwow

Nachez Powwow–picture from website

This past weekend (March 29 and 30), there was a powwow in Nachez, Mississippi.  Native American powwows are very colorful and the dances are festive and interesting.  Dancing and singing has always been a major part of Native American life.   When James Mooney lived with the Cherokee in the 1830’s, he witnessed and wrote about the Cherokee Ball Play Dance.  Here are some of Mooney’s observations:

“In 1834, before the removal of the Cherokee to the west, a great game was played near the present site of Jasper, Georgia, between the settlements of Hickory Log and Coosawattee, in which there were eighteen players on a side, and the chiefs of the rival settlements wagered $1,000 apiece on the result.

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