Apr 012016
 

Kawoni is the “Flower Moon” for the Cherokee.   This is when plants first come out and flowers bloom. This is a time for new births and renewal.  This is when plants can be gathered to replenish our medicines and herbs.   The “Long Man”, the streams and rivers, swell and bring renewal and cleansing.  This is a time we go to water and pay tribute to the Great Apportioner.

 

Culture LogoThe Origin of Disease and Medicine

Sep 242015
 

DeSoto_Map_Leg_2_HRoe_2008After his encounter with the Cherokee, De Soto travelled south into present-day Georgia where he found the “Chiefdom of Coosa”.  At that point, according to De Soto’s chroniclers, the Coosa Chiefdom consisted of a “series of communities and fertile gardens containing much food.”

Inca Garcilasso de la Vega wrote, “[Hernando De Soto] reached [Coosa] on Friday, July 16th [1540]. The [Chief] came out to welcome him two crossbow flights from the town in a carrying chair borne on the shoulders of his principal men, seated on a cushion, and covered with a robe of marten skins of the form and size of a woman’s shawl. He wore a crown of feathers on his head; and around about him were many Indians playing and singing.”

Jan 012015
 

This is part of a series of articles by Courtney Miller on the subject of “First Contact”–the initial contact of the Native Americans with the Europeans. “The Soto Expedition” delves into Hernando de Soto’s commission from King Charles I of Spain to “conquer and colonize” Florida.

Hernando de SotoPart 1: Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto, grew up poor in the impoverished Extremadura region of southwestern Spain and dreamed of travelling to the New World to make a fortune. Around the age of 14, de Soto managed to join an expedition to the West Indies led by Pedro Arias Dávila where he earned a fortune from Dávila’s conquest of Panama and Nicaragua. Sixteen years later, he was the leading slave trader and one of the richest men in Nicaragua.

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