I don’t remember where I first heard it, but growing up it seemed to be just common knowledge that American Indian “Squaws” followed their husbands a respectful ten paces behind. Today, I doubt that this was a practice by any Native American culture. But, there is no question, that in the Cherokee culture, women were not subservient to men.
When you picture the ancient Native American, is he on horseback galloping across the prairie or paddling gracefully down the river in a birch bark canoe? If so, you are not picturing the ancient Cherokee.
So, looking at the picture, what would you guess was the Cherokee’s favorite modes of transportation?
Memorial Day means different things to different people. For some it is a time to remember loved ones who have passed away or veterans who lost their lives defending our freedoms. It was first enacted to honor those who served in the Civil War and later expanded to veterans of all wars.
For the Cherokee, the highest honor for their brave warriors was to be buried beneath their Council House in a large mound or in the floors of their houses. They wished to have them close for spiritual reasons plus, in many cases, it was dangerous to venture far from the protection of the villages and desecration by enemies was a real concern.
a Cherokee Medicine Man
Think you might want to be a Cherokee medicine man? Are you ready to commit 15 to 20 years studying the 7 disciplines required? Cherokee medicine, nvwoti (noo wat ee), is a practice that has developed over the last 3,000 to 4,000 years and can’t be mastered overnight! A Cherokee medicine man, Didanawisgi, typically started studying very young as an apprentice with the dream of one day becoming the high master or Uku!