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My name is Carol Shirley and I, along with my sister, Anne Shirley Melmon, are  managers for the Baker/Shirley Family Tree.
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Other:Cherokee Legend of the Butterfly Dance
Posted by: Willa Duncan on June 24 2015 09:41

Some say the modern day PowWow competition dance as the Ladies Fancy Shawl Dance has its roots in a ceremonial dance called the Butterfly Dance. Here is a Cherokee account of how that dance came to be. I've been told the Shoshone have a similar story but I heard this version from Cherokee dancers in N.C. These dancers told me the Ladies Fancy Shawl Dance is a representation of the following Butterfly Legend.

Many, many years ago when the earth was still quiet new, there was a beautiful buttertfly who lost her mate in battle. To show her grief, she took off her beautiful wings and wrapped herself in a drab cocoon. In her sadness, she could not eat and she could not sleep and her relatives kept coming to her lodge to see if she was okay. Of course she wasn't, but she didn't want to be a burden on her people so she packed up her wings and medicine bundle and took off on a long journey. She wandered about for many days and months, until finally she had gone all ...

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Other:Why The Turkey Gobbles
Posted by: Willa Duncan on June 24 2015 09:21
According to Cherokee legends, in the old days, Grouse had a good voice and Turkey had none. Therefore Turkey asked Grouse to teach him, but Grouse wanted pay, so Turkey promised to give him some feathers for a collar. That is how the grouse got his collar of turkey feathers. So the Grouse began to teach Turkey. At last Grouse said, "Now you must try your voice. You must halloo." Tirkey said, "Yes." Grouse said, "I'll stand on this hollow log, and when I tap on it, you musthalloo as loudly as you can." So Grouse climbed upon a log, ready to tap it, but when he did so, Turkey became so excited that when he opened his mouth, he only said, "Gobble, gobble, gobble!" That is why the Turkey gobbles whenever he hears a noise. (COPIED: Nativearts.com)
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Other:Prayer Feather
Posted by: Willa Duncan on June 15 2015 12:51
The turkey prayer feather is decorated with buckskin wrapped about it and decorated with beads of glass, brass, and wood. A prayer feather is used to move the smoke around when smudgiing for purification or healing.
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Other:The Star Blanket
Posted by: Willa Duncan on June 15 2015 12:48
The star blanket has a seven pointed star in it's middle and each point is symbolic. The points represent honesty, respect, kindness, humbleness, forgiveness, humility, and love. The blue within a blanket represents sky and high honour. The points radiate outward just as we radiate out as community, family, and individuals. Three strands of sweetgrass if woven into the blanket symbolizes mind, body, and spirit.
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Posted by: Willa Duncan on May 7 2015 10:34

Eagles In A Storm

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come.

When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages, below the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. (Author Unknown)

The storms do not have to overcome us.

(NOTE: Thank you Phyllis for sharing this poem with me. With my deceased son's death date just passing this hit my heart just right and uplifted my spirit. I used to tell Jay he was like an eagle and I was on one side of him under his wing while God was on the other side. When I got physically or emotionally exhausted so that I couldn't continue foreward God took over and kept both of us lifted up by being on the ot...

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Other:Mother Eagle and the Hunter
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 29 2015 10:48

Once upon a time there was an Indian who was the most famous hunter for hundreds of miules around. This was because he had magical powers which enabled him to lure any wild animal into his clutches. "The grass is sweeter here," he would call to a stag. And the stag would trust him and come, so that the hunter could put an arrow in it's ribs. He even dared to lure down the fierce eagles who circled over the forests looking for prey. "There's some tender meat for you here," he would call up to an eagle. "Come down and get it." And when the eagle flew down to sieze the meat in its talons, the hunter would come out of hidiing and send an arrow into its heart. It was a dangerous game. "Take care," people warned him. "Beware of the mother eagle's revenge." But the hunter just laughed.

One day he saw the mother eagle circling high up in the sky. She was the biggest and strongest of all the eagles. The hunter waved at ...

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Other:Legend of the Dreamcatcher
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 24 2015 10:47

A spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomis, the grandmother.

Each day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away. One day as she was watching him, her grandson came in. "Nokomis-iya!" he shouted, glancing at the spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a shoe and went to hit it.

"No-keegwa," the old lady whispered, "Don't hurt him."

"Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?" asked the little boy.

The old lady smiled, but did not answer. When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, "For many years you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift." He smiled his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as he went. Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. "See how I spin?" he said. "See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web." (Author Unknown)

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Other:The Lord's Prayer
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 22 2015 09:23

Our Father heaven dweller

My loving will be (to) Thy name

Your Lordship Let it make its appearance

Here upon earth let happen what you think

The same as in heaven is done

Daily our food give to us this day

Forgive us our debts, the same as we forgive our debtors

And do not temptation being lead us into

Deliver us from evil existing

For thine your Lordship is

And the power is

And the glory is forever

Amen

The Twenty Third Psalm

The Great Father above a Shepherd Chief is. I am His and with Him I want not. He throws out to me a rope and the name of the rope is love and He draws me to where the grasss is green and the water is not dangerous, and I eat and lie down and am satisfied. Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down but He lifts me up again and drawwse me to a good road. His name is WONDERFUL. Sometimes, it may be very soon, it may be a very long long time. He will draw me i...

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Other:Sacred Colors
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 22 2015 08:23

The Medicine Wheel

The shape of the medicine wheel represents the circle of life and death, never ending. The cross within the middle symbolizes the four directions and each direction is signified with a color.

North-(Red) Wisdom

East-(Yellow) Beginning, Family

South-(White) Youth, Friendship

West-(Black) Solitude, Adulthood

Red symbolic of success

Black is always typical of death

Blue symbolized failure, disappointment, unsatisfied desire

White denoted peace, and happiness

Sacred Directions:

Up Above-yellow

Down Below-brown

Here In The Center-green

Prayer To The Directions: (Chief Seattle)

Great Spirit of Light come to me out of the East(red) with the power of the rising sun. Let there be light in my words, let there be light on my path that I walk. Let me remember always that you gave the gift of a new day and ...

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Media:Treaty of 1791
Posted by: Willa Duncan on Apr 22 2015 07:46

Beginning in the 1791s a series of treaties between the United States and the Cherokees living in Ga. were given recognition to the Cherokees as a nation with their own laws and cutoms. Gradually the treaties whittled away as the white man took more and more of the Indian lands.

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