Cherokee Messenger
January 1996

Great Events for 1996

The new CCS Board had a November retreat to plan some rewarding and exciting events that will be enjoyable for the whole family. Among the long-term goals set for CCS were: Building for the Future, to include scholarships, land development, membership growth, a cultural center, links to other Cherokees, a lending video library, extended childrenís activities, more sponsored visits of Oklahoma elders, and increased communication with Tahlequah.

Included in the Education Goals were: a video library; seminars on lore, history, beliefs, herbs, language, crafts, spirituality, dance; a speakers bureau for schools; legislative updates; speakers from other groups.

On the topic of Land Acquisition, suggestions were for wooded areas with water, and a campground located one hour of Houston; possible uses would be as a cultural and recreational center, with lodges and a sweat lodge.

Fundraising ideas are auctions, a Cherokee Day festival, grants, a calendar, and a raffle using jewelry as the prize.

Of interest to most are Social Goals: picnics, campouts, a Cherokee National Holiday in Houston, food drives, traditional games and pow wows.

The new Board identified Short-Term Goals of acquiring a video lending library, conducting herbal classes and traditional classes, planning campouts and childrenís activities. Two particular Three-Year Goals agreed upon were (1) to secure land for camping and (2) to have an ongoing series of education programs.

Your CCS Board of Directors welcomes volunteer support from current members and newcomers, to make these plans a reality.

"The Good Earth"

By The "Cherokee Lady", Lelanie F. Stone

This month the Cherokee Messenger begins a series of articles by this former visitor to CCS, We thank her for sharing the knowledge with our readers.

I started on an adventure several years ago, in my quest for more knowledge about the Indian herbal medicine systems. In doing so, I have encountered an entire world of guarded remedies, secreted volumes, and miraculous cures. The system of herbal healing is not limited to the American Indian. It is used by all of the "Original Tribes" throughout the world, each with their own unique methods of healing for a particular illness or disease. From the common cold to cancer, there are miraculous cures and remedies that are free for the taking from "Mother Earth". Today there are over 200 patented medicines on the market that originally came from the American Indian. Many of the medicinal items we rely upon, such as aspirin, eyedrops, and antibiotics were all derived from Indian herbal remedies.

Indian Medicine is a practical system of thought - it is not merely hocus-pocus and folklore. Individual sources of strength and purpose can be discovered by using the powers of Indian Medicine. These are "Ancient Tools" which have been kept alive throughout the history of man for a significant purpose.

There is a prophecy that I have repeated numerous times to anyone who will listen. It comes from "Eyes of Fire", an old Cree Indian woman who foretells of a time (in the not too distant future) when, because of the "Yo-ne-gi's" (white manís) greed, that the seas would be blackened, the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the skies, and the trees would start to die. Mankind, as we know it would all but cease to exist. This would be the time when the keepers of the ways of the Almighty Creator (those who had kept the legends, culture, rituals, skills, and medicine alive), would be called upon to bring "Mother Earth" back into harmony again. These people would be called the "Warriors of the Rainbow". They would assist the people in returning their mother, the Earth, back to beauty and plenty once more.

These "Warriors of the Rainbow" have quietly kept the ancient ways alive for centuries, despite terrifying obstacles such as ignorance, prejudice, hatred, re-organizations, assimilations, and holocausts. They have passed, and continue to pass, the information on from one generation to the next, maintaining the knowledge which will be the key to our survival.

My personal background comes not only from the many facets of western medicine, but from my Cherokee heritage of Indian Medicine. Being schooled in the scientific aspects, I continue to follow my training by researching the medicines and finding out why they work. But more importantly, I look at each and every herb with the respect held by my ancestral memory and continue to maintain that aura of magic that surrounds each and every herbal remedy. I have published six books on Indian Herbs & Plants, and their related topics. I also teach seminars and classes on Indian herbs, and I have lectured on these same topics at universities, schools and organizations across the country.

I hope to share this knowledge with everyone through this column. It will not be limited to herbal remedies, but will include stories of how the remedies came to be, research items, and natural foods. I will share my knowledge and the knowledge of others on these herbal wonders.

Copyrights by Lelanie F. Stone.
For more information, contact Lelanie Stone, P 0. Box 1139, Salina, OK 74365.

Resource Center

A resource for Native American, especially Cherokee, books on genealogy, history and other Native cultural topics is Oklahoma Yesterday Publications. Contact the publisher for a complete listing: Dorothy (Tincup) Mauldin, 8745 East 9th Street, Tulsa OK 74112-4815. (918) 835-4118. Ms. Mauldin, Cherokee, has over 25 years of experience as a writer and lecturer on genealogy and has held workshops on genealogy across the US.

VIP Publishing, Inc., P. 0. Box 1788, Fayetteville, AR 72702, (800) 776-0842, has numerous tapes on Cherokee legends recorded in both Indian and English; tapes and books on American Indian songs and dances; language tapes, instructional books and dictionaries are also available. Contact the company for a complete listing of topics and prices.

Dan M. Jimerson, 365 West 6th Ave, #B1, Columbus, OH 43201, (614) 421-2204, has 12 years of experience in Indian genealogy research.

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