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.

Oct 302014
 

BasketsThis week’s article is on Cherokee crafts from the 18th century explained and demonstrated at Diligwa Village at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  This reconstruction of an authentic Cherokee village from 1710 is a great site to visit to get a feel for how the Cherokee lived back then.  Many thanks to Feather Smith and Betty for their contributions.Textiles

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