Cherokee Messenger
July, 1998

July 1998 Meeting

Thursday, July 2, 1998: Guest Presenter is quillworker SHARON DEWS. CCS members and guests meet at 7:00 p.m. to visit and enjoy refreshments, 7:30 p.m., to attend the monthly meeting and program at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, One block south of Richmond, just east of the West Belt of the Sam Houston Tollway. Free and well lighted parking near building. Bring your meeting guests, who are always eligible for the door prize that is awarded at the monthly meeting. More surprises are in store!

Look forward to these upcoming meetings and programs:

August 6, 1998: CCS member and genealogist Marjorie Lowe will speak on tracing family roots. Many members and guests can benefit from this discussion. See you there!

September 3, 1998: Board member Cyndie Menard will discuss Cherokee historical figure Sarah Ridge, the subject of a recent paper she authored.

October 1, 1998: CCS Election of Officers. Hereís your chance to contribute and lead! Watch future issues for job descriptions and how to become involved.

November 5, 1998: Annual Show and Sell. Show your talent, sell crafts and artwork in time for the holidays.

December 3, 1998: The ever-popular round of good cheer: White Elephant Gift Exchange and CCS Holiday Celebration. Bring the family and enjoy.

CCS Events

The Setting of the Cherokee Medicine Wheel in July. Details to come after the July 2 CCS monthly meeting. Call CCS member Steve Triplett, in Santa Fe, TX., host for the event, 409-925-8082; or call the CCS hotline, 713-866-4085, or Deborah Scott, 713-861-6667.

Womenís Shawl Society: no meeting in July. Regular meetings resume August 8, 1998 (meetings are usually the second Saturday each month). Women of all tribes are most welcome! Call: B.J. for information: 713-668-0222.

Shakey Hollow Ceremonial Ground, near Conroe, TX, is the site for dances which are held the last Saturday of each month. All are welcome at the pot luck dinner which begins at 6:00 p.m. Call for details and to request a map: 281-399-1661.

Web Watch

Previous CCS Monthly Guest Speaker, artist Ken Masters, has a new web site entitled "Cherokee Images". (The old site was Includes wonderful traditional pottery.

Day Starr, of the Wolf Clan, Onondaga/Cherokee and editor of "Back To The Blanket" has a monthly Cherokee/Native American journal. Contents include editorials; "Voices of Native Prisoners;" "Native Medicine;" and "Pow-Wows, Protests, and Things You Should Know."

The NASC Homepage includes a multitude of topics from language and poetry, to Native American oriented news reports from around the U.S., to resources for parents and children.

Here is a list of pow wows by state

Cherokee Connections Continue

Our invitation to readers who have e-mail addresses and who want to contact one another by way of the Cherokee Messenger is reaping rewards. Here are a few more names to add to the list. Anyone wishing to connect to enjoy on-line friendship or information exchange can simply leave your name and e-mail address with your Cherokee Messenger editor: Names are added as future newsletter issues are published. Additions this month:

Genealogical Resources

(CCS has no affiliation with nor does it endorse any enterprise listed here. Resources are included only as information and were provided from vendors who contacted CCS. Readers are invited to share consumer feedback for our mutual benefit; see e-mail and standard postage addresses at the end of the newsletter.)
Many Internet sites offer guidance. Also there are many valuable links on sites about Native Americans, indigenous peoples, specific tribes, etc. Among these:


Floyd Glenn Lounsbury, a Yale University anthropologist and expert in American Indian languages, died Thursday, May 22, 1998, in East Haven, Conn., at the age of 84. Among his contributions were tracing the historical relationship between Cherokee and other Indian languages. He also was considered a foremost expert on Mayan hieroglyphics.

Cherokee Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW THEY WERE NATIVE? Wayne Newton, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, Donna Summer, and Johnny Depp are just a few of the nationally recognized names and faces whose Native American heritage was revealed in an exclusive newsbreaking segment at the First Native American Music Awards. Like its featured performers and nominees, this segment attempted to raise awareness on leading Native Americans in the entertainment industry. Hosted by Wayne Newton, other popular celebrities and musicians who were due to appear included producers Daniel Lanois and Nile Rodgers, comedian Jonathan Winters, actors Tommy Lee Jones and Lou Diamond Phillips. The event was held Memorial Day weekend on May 24, 1998 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Special Events: How to locate pow wows across country and find contacts for regional events.

The Wordcraft circle of Native Writers & Storytellers, Houston Area Professional Chapter: next monthly meeting is Sunday, July 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., (different week for this month), at the Pines Condominium Clubroom, upstairs, 12633 Memorial Drive (between Beltway 8 and Gessner). No "Talking Circle" meeting is scheduled during July. Visitors are most welcome at Wordcraft. Featured are readings of original prose and poetry by members and guests. Call for details: Otilia Sanchez, 713-783-3882; or Vicki Henrichs, 713-974-3945; or Janet Johnson, 713-801-0895.

The American Indian Health Coalition (AIHC): A volunteer group working to improve health and living standards for American Indians in Southeast Texas. Call Deborah Scott, (713) 861-6667, for activity updates.

The American Indian Resource Center: Plans to assist the Native American community through numerous committees and their work. Contact information: Mailing address is 1711 Bugle Run, Katy, TX 77449; Jonathan Hook, 281-599-0657, e-mail; Resource Center, 281-599-8988.

The Alabama Coushatta Pow Wow: Call for summer updates: 409-563-4391; toll free 1-800-444-3507.

The Tia Piah Pow Wow is each third Saturday of the month in Pasadena, TX. Call Ted Weatherly, 281-842-8972.

Contact the Intertribal Council of Houston for updates: 409-327-4308, or John Korche 713/991-1246.

Internet sites to check for pow wows in the U.S. and Canada:

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