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Friday, June 13th, 2008
5:02 pm - interview with activists

Hello! I'm interested about your nation, your language and culture. I belong to the finno-ugric organization in Russia. We are very interested about the way you preserve and develop your identity and culture. I would like to obtain an interview with someone who works in the field of preserving and developing of your identity, culture and the way of life
I am much obliged to you

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Saturday, March 8th, 2008
4:36 pm - Introduction

I suppose it would be proper to introduce myself first, but before doing this I feel that I must express how happy I am to have found a community dedicated to this culture. This is, perhaps, one of the last places I believed I would be able to come upon information and comradeship within the Cherokee community.

I, as you can see, am Dead_Dog_Blues. I am a girl, this year turning nineteen. I was adopted when I was born, but have been told since I was little that I come from a Cherokee background -- my mother having been 1/2 or full blood. The information on this is very little, adoption laws being as they are, however it is something I have always clung to.

I've wanted to learn more about this culture -- the language and traditions, but as I was taken to the northeastern area [Maryland, and now new york] the resources are rather limited, as are what interaction I can have given my dubious background.

My question, then, to end this introduction would be, where should I go, or rather, where should start?

For someone who knows nothing, this sort of integration is rather frightening.


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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
6:24 am - Rare fish released into Oconaluftee River


Rare fish released into Oconaluftee River
by Jon Ostendorff, jostendorff@citizen-times.com
published July 23, 2007 12:15 am

CHEROKEE — Biologists are trying a new experiment in Cherokee with a rare fish that science is just now starting to study.

Wildlife and environmental officials with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the federal government have released 800 young sicklefin redhorse fish into the Oconaluftee River on the Qualla Boundary with the hopes that they will grow and spawn in the river’s rocky bottom.

The fish was once a mainstay in the diet of the Cherokee. They caught the fish with stone weirs and baskets. It was typically smoked and dried and used in soups.

The fish is named for its sickle-shaped dorsal fin and because it was once believed to be a redhorse sucker. It grows to about 3 feet long and can weight up to 7 pounds.

The sicklefin lives only in the Little Tennessee and Hiawasse river basins. Robert Jenkins, professor of biology at Roanoke College in Virginia, discovered the fish in 1992. He is in the process of formally describing it.

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Saturday, April 28th, 2007
11:49 am

Mods, please delete if this is inappropriate.

A new community on history of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas is now up and running. All are welcome to post and discuss indigenous history through critical thinking and decernment.

Join ndnz_hx for more information.

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Monday, April 16th, 2007
9:03 pm

Hi, I'm new here! I guess I should introduce myself, ne? 

My name is Ashlee. I'm 18 and three quarters Creek/Cherokee and I'm very proud in who and what I am. Shouldn't everyone have pride in what they're in? I also have little bit of white blood in me, but not that much. I'm so glad that I found this community! I've been researching a lot about my tribe, but all I get is the Trail of Tears >.<;; and I would like a lot more than that! Does anyone have any information about The Ghost Dance or the Beaver dance?  

And does anyone know how I can get more involved with my tribe?  

Thank you!

current mood: excited

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
10:31 pm

blah blah blah

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
12:25 am - New Community

There is a new community for ndnz living in, from, or having connections to the land in what is now known as the Southeastern United States. All indigenous peoples are welcome. The hope is to reconnect with those who live elsewhere due to relocation and removal and network with Natives whom live close by, as well as share the unique Southeastern Nation cultures and ways including arts, food, traditions, songs, stories and much more.

Check out the Community link for more info and visit the entire community at se_ndnz.

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Friday, December 16th, 2005
6:20 am

I hope this link works fro everybody. It is a Holiday song sung in my Native language by
the Cherokee National Youth Choir.


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Monday, September 5th, 2005
4:42 pm - Nunne’hi

I've been doing some research on Cherokee myths and traditions, and I ran across something that caught my eye, the Nunne’hi. I can't find much more on them other than that they were the "invisible people" who would sometimes appear as humans, considered wonder workers, sometimes assisted in battles... I found something that said they were the same as the "little people," but that was only one place, so I'm not sure if that was just a confusion or if that's correct. Anyway, I was wondering if anybody knew more about them and would care to share, if there are any names, hierarchies, probably going way deeper into this than is there but if there's more about them I'd like to know.

Also, I was wondering where would be a good place to start learning the language. I found a book in a store, but I didnt get a chance to flip through it, and with all of the books I've been buying for school I'm pretty short on money.

That aside, thanks in advance. ^_^v

current mood: sleepy

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Friday, September 2nd, 2005
7:06 pm

Newslinks about Katrina and how it relates to People of Color, the impoverished and President Bush.


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Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
3:33 am


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Thursday, February 17th, 2005
10:01 pm - Question

So can anyone tell me the Creation story of the Cherokee?

I'm quite curious. Thanks!

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
8:53 pm - Hello

Hi, I've just joined. I'm quite interested in learning more about my culture and traditions. I'm 1/8 Cherokee but consider this to be my culture. My family left the reservation quite a long time ago so I haven't been raised with much knowledge of my culture. I know a few things but would like to learn more so I can pass it down to my children. Thanks for listening to me ramble.


current mood: excited

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
7:26 am - attendance?

If this hasn't been posted here it is, if it has here it is again. I just wanted to know if anyone else is going to attend?
National Museum of the American Indian Grand Opening--September 21, 2004 Celebrate with us!…MORE

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Sunday, May 9th, 2004
12:31 am - Cherokee
lifeforfeited I was wondering if anyone knew about getting a blood test to prove you are a Cherokee descendant. I am almost positive I am 1/4 Cherokee. My uncles are researching our background. We are experienceing some trouble on my fathers side, the person we beleive was Cherokee on that side was adopted by a white couple, so it's dificult. We are having better luck on my mothers side. Thank you.

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Friday, April 16th, 2004
11:18 am

Somewhere in one of my relative's pasts was a Cherokee. Unfortunately there were some who followed that were ashamed of their family's background and personal records have been altered and/or destroyed. My grandmother worked with her mother (the one who knows of the heritage) to trace our lineage, with little success. Either way, I have a trace of Cherokee in me and growing up it meant something to me. Most notably I am also French and Irish, with other western European influences. I look most like my mom, with my brother and I also being noted as cute little Irish kids from those who really knew what characteristics the Irish have (our noses most notably).
I have been thinking about getting a tattoo (very private, just for myself) for years and I think I have settled for sure on wanting something in Tsalagi. I am trying to choose between three words, "Love", "Believe", and "Today". For the letters I used this site. Does anyone know if it is correct? I want to get something with meaning and not being able to speak the language means I must trust someone else.
Also, if anyone knows of any tattoo artists who would have experience or knowledge with native languages, any information would be helpful. I do live in the Seattle area (Washington), and realize my odds of finding someone might be slim.

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Monday, February 16th, 2004
1:41 pm - We have some items for sale. There are pictures behind the cut. Click the Link below!

Are you interested in Medicine Bags (American Indian Style)? Or Satchel bags that you can wear around your neck or place in your car? You can put them many other places as well not just the above named places. Does someone in your family collect Indian style items? If you're interested in purchasing products like these described then click the link below to check out the work that my mom has hand sewn, laced & beaded. She can do Indian designs & zodiac bags of any kind among various other designs. Learn more about special requests in the link below.. Thanks for your time!

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current mood: accomplished

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Saturday, February 14th, 2004
9:23 am
n8tivehoney Granted The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act happened in 1990 whereas the digsite for this current issue was 65 years ago. This still makes me sick to my stomach. These items need to be returned to their nation(tribe). This article was in today's paper. Huntsville Times - Huntsville, AL

Ancient artifacts go on display in Guntersville Museum show
Huntsville Times Staff Writer larandan@htimes.com

Excavated from area, many will be shown to public for the first time

GUNTERSVILLE-- About 65 years ago, archaeologists scoured the Guntersville Basin looking for ancient artifacts, some 8,000 years old, before the Tennessee Valley Authority flooded it to make Guntersville Lake.

Now, more than 200 of those artifacts are being displayed at the Guntersville Museum. A reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday will open the exhibit.

Some of the items, including a heavy, ceremonial pipe made of soapstone, were on view in 1998 when the city celebrated its 150th anniversary. But many are going on public view for the first time.

Archeologists had long been interested in the Guntersville area when TVA, through the Federal Works Project Administration, paid $600,000 for the excavations, then the largest in the state's history.

Planning started in 1932, with the best sites located. Most of the items in the exhibit are from Henry Island and McKee Island; others came from a ceremonial Indian mound along Brown's Creek and from Hampton Cave near Carlisle Park Middle School.

Hampton Cave was a mother lode of artifacts because it had been used as a giant, natural mausoleum. Researchers found 300 man-made items formed from stone and other materials.

The items have been stored in the Moundville State Museum since their excavation and the exhibit is being coordinated by the University of Alabama museums.

The museum is at the corner of O'Brig Avenue and DeBow Street, about a block off U.S. 431 South. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The exhibit runs through mid-May. For special tours or more information, call 256-571-7579.

(X-posted in nativeamerican, nativeindians, spooky_ndns, & indigenousam )

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
12:25 am - hi, new here....

i'm interested in learning more about the asi (traditional cherokee sweat lodge, so i'm told).

anybody have good, reliable information on it?

i ask because i've been to one sweat lodge (not an asi), and found it.... lacking. especially when greco-roman and new age elements were being thrown into it.

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