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#1 Mar-06-2010 10:12:am

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Cultural Tidbits

I'm adding a new topic to Cherokee General . . . Cultural Tidbits.
These appear each week in the Cherokee Phoenix. I will be posting them as they are published, so they aren't in any particular order. It's completely random; the first one is not more important than the second or tenth, etc.

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#2 Mar-06-2010 10:12:am

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Re: Cultural Tidbits

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A citizen's right to vote is a serious obligation. As an example of how your vote really does count, note that the Treaty of New Echota was confirmed in Senate by only one vote.

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#3 Mar-18-2010 12:02:am

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Re: Cultural Tidbits

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1817: Cherokee lands exchanged for land in Arkansas by treaty. Old Settlers begin voluntary migration and establish government there.

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#4 Mar-19-2010 08:10:pm

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Re: Cultural Tidbits

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In 1987, Wilma P. Mankiller became the first woman to be elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee.

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#5 Apr-06-2010 12:04:am

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In the 1830's, the State of Georgia instructed the Georgia Guard to protect the goldmines, and prevent Cherokees from assembling in National Council. The punishment for those Cherokee legislators to meet in council, pursuant to the oath of office, was 4 years of hard labor by the State of Georgia. The punishment was the same for any Cherokee court to sit, or any person or officers to issue process for the Nation. Failure to pledge allegiance to the State of Georgia also resulted in 4 years of hard labor for a Cherokee citizen.

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#6 Apr-06-2010 12:15:am

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Re: Cultural Tidbits

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In the late 1800's, many non-Indians on the other side of the Cherokee Nation border began paying tuition to have their children sent to Cherokee schools, as they were considered academically superior. One school with a large student body of these students was Muddy Springs, south of Stilwell. This school had a large number of students from Evansville, Arkansas. Evansville was a thriving metropolis which provided outfitting for Indian Territory. Muddy Springs was only 12 miles from Evansville, with transportation of the white children by wagons. The tuition was $2.00 per month, provided the white student could 'stay up' with the Cherokee students.

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#7 Apr-17-2010 11:14:am

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Re: Cultural Tidbits

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The first 'smoke shop lawsuit' was in 1871, the 'Cherokee Tobacco' case. One of the lawyers was E.C. Boudinot 'Cherokee', the first Indian lawyer to argue in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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#8 Apr-24-2010 03:13:pm

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Because of our treaty status, the distinction of being Cherokee is a status of citizenship, not a racial issue.

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#9 May-07-2010 08:57:am

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Re: Cultural Tidbits

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dgcYsd
(Cherokee Marbles)

Cherokee Marbles is a game of skill, still played in the form of tournaments. Also a skill is the art of making the marbles themselves.

The marble game dates back to approximately 800 a.d., and is a complex game of skill and strategy played by adults on a five-hole outdoor course.

Until the early part of the 20th century, players used marbles chipped from stone, smoothed into round marbles about the size of billiard balls. Today, there are still some traditional marble makers, but most tournaments utilize billiard balls for play.

The game is played on a field approximately 100 feet long, where there are five holes about two inches in diameter, 10 to 12 yards apart, forming an L-shape. Any number of players may play, but each team must have an equal number.

Each player uses one marble and must keep track of its location as well as the opposing players marbles. The players toss the marbles at the holes with the object of advancing by landing in each hole in sequence and returning to the starting point. Players must toss their marbles and knock the opposing players’ out of the way in a prescribed manner. The first team to complete the course is the winner.

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#10 May-09-2010 11:48:am

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The American Civil War did not affect just the white and black people; Indian people played a major role in the events of the war between the states. Cherokee people particularly were impacted by the devastation of the war.

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#11 May-15-2010 12:49:pm

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1721: The Charleston Treaty with the Governor of the Carolinas is thought to be the first concession of Cherokee land.

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#12 May-29-2010 01:03:pm

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The seven clans of the Cherokee are the Bird, Wild Potato, Deer, Wolf, Blue, Paint and Long Hair.

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#13 May-29-2010 01:03:pm

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Serenity Prayer
God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

u-ne-la-na-hi s-gv-si nv-wa-do-hi-ya-di o-s-da a-yi-li-di ni-ga-di gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di ni-ge-s-sv-na ge-sv-i

The courage to change the things I can,

a-le u-tla-ni-gi-da a-quu-da-na-da-di-s-di a-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di na gv-gi-ne-tli-yv-s-di ge-sv-i

and the wisdom to know the difference.

a-le a-ga-do-hv-ne-s-di a-quu-nv-da yu-li-s-do-si d-u-da-le-hna-v-i

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#14 Jun-05-2010 01:14:pm

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1917: Chief William C. Rogers dies.

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#15 Jun-12-2010 10:09:am

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In 1808. Some of the Lower Cherokee towns were indicating a desire to move. Due to previous land cessions, game was becoming scarce for the citizens of these towns. These were what is known as the 'Old Settlers' who started removing to the areas of present day Arkansas and Oklahoma as early as 30 years prior to the Indian Removals.

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#16 Jun-18-2010 04:33:pm

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In the late 1800's, many non-Indians on the other side of the Cherokee Nation border began paying tuition to have their children sent to Cherokee schools, as they were considered academically superior. One school with a large student body of these students was Muddy Springs, south of Stilwell. This school had a large number of students from Evansville, Arkansas. Evansville was a thriving metropolis which provided outfitting for Indian Territory. Muddy Springs was only 12 miles from Evansville, with transportation of the white children by wagons. The tuition was $2.00 per month, provided the white student could 'stay up' with the Cherokee students.

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#17 Jun-25-2010 05:05:pm

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Although the hunting and fishing rights issue is yet to be resolved through federal courts, the 1835 Treaty with the Comanche lists 8 tribes in regards to hunting and fishing, the Cherokee being one of them. This treaty grants us rights on the 'great prairie west of the cross timbers, as far as the United States jurisdiction goes'. This treeline stops near Wichita, Kansas.

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#18 Aug-01-2010 08:18:am

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Although the hunting and fishing rights issue is yet to be resolved through federal courts, the 1835 Treaty with the Comanche lists 8 tribes in regards to hunting and fishing, the Cherokee being one of them. This treaty grants us rights on the 'great prairie west of the cross timbers, as far as the United States jurisdiction goes'. This treeline stops near Wichita, Kansas.

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#19 Aug-01-2010 08:20:am

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In preparation of the American Holocaust, or the 'Trail Where They Cried,' 31 forts were constructed. Eleven served as interment camps.

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#20 Aug-01-2010 08:21:am

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Cherokee traditional history tells us our people came from an island which sent out boats before sinking . . . much like the story of Atlantis.

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#21 Aug-01-2010 08:23:am

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Chief C.J. Harris worked on plans for a Cherokee emigration to the Mexican state of Sinaloa in 1895. Later, further plans to emigrate to Mexico were made. All 5 civilized tribes purchased 9,000 acres north of Tampica for settlement in 1901.

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#22 Aug-14-2010 11:53:am

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1540: Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto and his party are discovered by the Cherokees in their homeland.

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#23 Aug-14-2010 11:54:am

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1907: Oklahoma statehood combines Indian and Oklahoma Territories. Statehood "dissolves" Cherokee government, but it continues in a modified and restricted form until 1914.

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#24 Aug-28-2010 03:44:pm

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1990: Chief Mankiller signs historic self-govemance demonstration project.

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#25 Aug-28-2010 03:46:pm

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Trade Prices

In 1716 the South Carolina Board of Trade issued the following trade schedule.

Number of deerskins for each item follows item name.

A Gun. 30
A Yard Strouds. 7
A Duffield Blanket. 14
A Yard Half Thicks. 3
A Hatchet. 2
A narrow Hoe. 2
A broad Hoe. 4
Fifty Bullets. 1
A Butcher’s Knife. 1
A pair Cizars. 1
Three Strings Beads. 1
Eighteen Flints. 1
An Ax. 4
A Pistol. 20
A Cutlash. 8
A Shirt. 4
A Steel. 1
A Calico Petticoat. 12
A red Girdle. 2
A laced Hatt. 8
A Clasp Knife. 1
A Yard Cadis. 1
Rum, mixed with1/3 Water; per bottle. 1

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