Cherokee Cultural Society Meetings
Cherokee Cultural Society meetings, are held at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, Houston, Texas, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., the first Thursday of each month. All interested persons are invited to attend. Speaker for the May 6, 1999 meeting will be Rae Evening Earth Ott, of the North American Wolf Association, owner and operator of a wolf
preserve in Conroe, Texas, who will discuss work to preserve these animals from extinction.
Other Native Activities
- The Shawl Society, planner of the Cherokee Women's Gathering, is going to a basket weaving class in Tahlequah, OK, Friday, May 14, 1999. The group welcomes women and men of all tribes to share crafts, skills and camaraderie. Call for details: B. J., at 713-541-4170.
- The Native American Coalition is planning the first Native American Day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2000. New members are welcome to the group, which also is exploring a scholarship program, trail rides and parades. Call Carroll Cocchia for further meeting dates and details: 713-365-0925 or e-mail COCCHIA321@aol.com.
- Native American Arts Council Meeting: Plans are under way for the Second Annual Native American Music Festival at Traders Village on July 24, 1999, starring Robert Mirabal and Blackfire. Call Carroll for information: 713-365-0925.
- The Native American Health Coalition, which works to improve the health of Native peoples, plans a needs assessment survey for the Houston area. Contact Deborah Scott, 713-861-6667, e-mail
email@example.com; or Rhonda Randolph, Greater Houston Area Health Education Center, 713-592-6411.
- The Wordcraft Circle Of Naive Writers & Storytellers meets each first Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the MECA Center, 1900 Kane, Houston, TX. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Otilia Sanchez at
713-783-3882. The May 2, 1999 meeting will feature Phillip Paige, Attorney at Law, speaking on "Copyright Issues". Visitors are most welcome.
- American Indian Resource Center Contact for updates: Jonathan Hook, 281-599-0657, e-mail: email@example.com; or the Resource Center,
- The Shakey Hollow Ceremonial Ground, near Conroe, TX, hosts dances the last Saturday each month. Pot luck dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. Call for details: 281-399-1661.
- The Alabama Coushatta Reservation hosts activities at the Livingston, TX Reservation. Look forward to benefit pow wows on May 1 and May 22. The 31st Annual Pow Wow will be June 4 & 5, 1999. Call Sharon Miller, 409-563-4391, or Mary Williams, 409-563-4344, or 1-800-444-3507 for complete details.
- The Tia Piah Pow Wow is held each third Saturday in Pasadena, TX. Call Ted Weatherly, 281-842-8972.
Look forward to these exciting CCS Monthly Programs:
June - Dr. Mimi Crossley, Curator of Pre-Colombian Art at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, will speak on the gathering of artifacts and stories surrounding the diggings from ancient Inca and Aztec civilizations.
July - Dr. Dorothy Lippert, Curator of Native American Artifacts and Displays at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, will speak on the gathering of sacred artifacts and the stories and controversy surrounding it.
August - Alan Taylor, author and CCS member, will discuss educating Native
American youth and his latest collaboration with John Campbell on a new book.
To all who made possible The 1999 Red Nations Remembering, the third annual CCS commemoration of the Trail of Tears:
The CCS board - Wade McAlister, Judith Bruni, Carroll Cocchia; Cindy Linnenkohl, Clabert and Cyndie Menard, and Terry Thompson; CCS Past Presidents Deborah Scott and Victor Carroll; energetic CCS members, performers and supporters - artist Bob Annesley for logo design, plus B.J. Callihan, Brandy Linnenkohl, Mike Breteler, Marilyn Streeter, Joe and Patti Davis, Joe and Julie Williams, Steve Triplett, Vicki Henrichs, Dawn Westerman, Marjorie Lowe, Pat Poland, Alan Taylor, Jim Gravino, Nicole Munson, Charlie Strack, Mark Bruni; Jamie Williams, Chad Smith, Gayle Ross, Tommy Wildcat, Lawrence Sampson, Ed Cornplanter, Greg Howard, Jonathan and Rose Hook, Pat George; and Rice University's Renatta Benjamin. Thanks again to S & B Engineers and Constructors for preparing a multitude of promotional posters and flyers; and to Dayton Denton, Vice President of Traders Village, for all of his assistance. We
look forward to seeing everyone at the 2000 RNR!
This information originally was provided in response to the Native American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation, November, 1998, at http://www2.ihs.gov/heritage/images/proclamation.htm. Sites are courtesy of Dr. Daphne B. Moffett, CDC/Atlanta, at 770-488-4107.
Native American Sites: http://www.pitt.edu/~lmitten/indians.html
See in particular http://www.iwchildren.org/barb.htm for a discussion of the mascot issue.
Bureau of Indian Affairs with the Department of Interior:
http://web-cr05.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/amex/1900/peopleevents/pande35.html Zitkala-Sa is the pen name of Gertrude Simmons Bonin, the daughter of a Sioux mother and a white father, who wrote a number of short stories about her native tradition in the 19th century and was active in the local affairs of her reservation.
Online the Rice University Native American Student Association at
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~natamer/ They conducted their first pow wow April 9. We look forward to meaningful ties with this group.
From an e-mail received March 19, 1999:
My name is Marshanna Dickens and I'm sending you this poem because I wish to share it with the world. I wrote it upon finding a picture of my great grandfather, who was a full blooded Seminole Indian. Although I never knew him, I think of this as my personal way of honoring him and the way of life that has been lost.
Who am I ?
By Marshanna Dickens
Does red blood
Flow through my veins
And a red heart
Beat in my chest
How can I, I like a flower
Survive without roots
Sweet nourishment from my Mother Earth
And Father Sky
Red blood, Yes Red blood
Flows through in my veins
And a red heart
Beats in my chest
Because the Mind and Spirit
Of a red women lives within me
Cherokee Historical Note
Did you know... CCS member and renowned Cherokee artist Bob Annesley designed for the 1999 RNR what could become a genuine "collector's" t-shirt, using a gripping vision of the Trail of Tears. This item sold quickly at the March 28 event. The scene highlights two figures: on the left, an aging Choctaw woman, and an elderly Cherokee man on the right.
His face is that of Rufus Hamby, who had married the sister of the artist's grandmother. The "spirit line" that runs through the scene, which depicts the sorrowful trek of the infamous trail, is a specialty of Bob Annesley.
And about those t-shirts...back in 1960 Bob Annesley was the artist who first introduced individually designed images on t-shirts, when he was co-manager of a Norman, Oklahoma T.G.&Y. store. Previously, the only decorative sweat shirts or t-shirts sported school or fraternity emblems and were available only through very controlled channels such as
college-operated stores. Bob's original t-shirt designs were launched with emblems from beer companies as well as humorous renditions of bulls or chickens (an eye-catching contrast to "official" school emblems). The T.G.&Y. store, located across the street from the University of Oklahoma campus store, was quite an alternative success. Free publicity
arrived one day with demonstrators from the ultraconservative John Birch Society, who transferred the store's t-shirts from racks to the center of the intersection. With that notoriety, the public demand was off and running.
It was the beginning of an American tradition that we all take for granted, since anything now goes on cotton-polyester "t's" and "sweats". RNR t-shirts anyone? A must for each of us! Contact our webpage to order yours. Oh yes, one of those early Annesley t-shirts landed in the Smithsonian Museum - heartland folk art to be remembered!
As many readers know, a major trend Native Americans work to reverse is the use of images and names from Native Indian traditions for school mascots, athletic team names, etc. CCS member and activist Lawrence Sampson has been working toward greater public awareness and negotiating efforts to reduce mascot use. "In Whose Honor?" is the title of the
video of a mascot dispute in Illinois. Says Lawrence, ..."for presentation's sake, it is all cohesive. It has a nice flow to it...I have tried to have information in this volume that answers every conceivable question." It received high praises also from Efrain Martinez, Senior Conciliation Specialist and Director, Houston Field Office, Community Relations Service, United States Department of Justice, who was the February CCS monthly program speaker. To learn
more about the video or to assist in this effort, contact: Lawrence Sampson, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 281-550-7081.
At the CCS April monthly meeting, Pat Poland showed the clip of an award
winning documentary film on ravages to the western buffalo population,
"WHERE BUFFALO ROAM". Many people asked how to help in the buffalo
preservation effort. Film producer Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker sent Pat the
"Rosalie [an activist shown in the film] can be e-mailed at
Rosalie@enetis.com. Money can be donated to the 7th generation
foundation in her name. Or they can send money to Mike Mease at Cold
Mountains, Cold Rivers, e-mail email@example.com. Mike and his
volunteers are actually the ones out in the field putting their bodies between the buffalo and the bullets. Or they can support the film by buying the tape for $18.00. Those orders can be sent to Deep Spirit Productions at 516 S. St. Andrews Place, #102, LA, CA 90020. Or they
can request the video and press package (shown at the meeting by Pat Poland) by phoning 213-265-6006, to try to get funding for the longer version of this film." *Further inquiries can go to Pat Poland, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker at email@example.com.
Voting WILL Make the Difference...
May 22, 1999, the General Election Day for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is YOUR day to help shape the future of the Cherokee Nation. Voting eligibility requires Cherokee Nation citizenship, voter registration and the completed Absentee Ballot Request. (Absentee
ballot requests were due April 9, 1999, and March 1, 1999 was the deadline to register to vote.)
THE CHEROKEE NATION OF OKLAHOMA:
Election Commission Office
1-800-353-2895 or 918-458-5899
P. O. Box 1188, Tahlequah, OK 74465-0948
918-458-5899 or 1-800-353-2895; fax 918-458-6101
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