Cherokee Messenger
October 1996

Letter from the President

October, 1996

Dear Friends:

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your president for the past three years. These have been some of the most rewarding years of my life and the richness of new friendships cannot be measured. I know that the future will bring exciting changes for the Cherokee Cultural Society, and I am eager to embrace and be a part of the changes. Rest assured that my commitment to the organization is a constant resource. Accept my appreciation and gratitude for a wonderful three years.

Deborah Scott

CCS Elections in October

The membership will be asked to approve the election of Judith Bruni, Victor Carroll, and Lois Ramirez as new board members. Be sure to be there to welcome our new leaders!

New Tsa-la-gi Cultural Center on the Web
(918) 458-6170

People with computers around the world now have access to Cherokee culture, history and language provided by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

The Tsa-la-gi Cultural Center has set up it's own website which offers sample lessons in the Cherokee language, a list of Cherokee phrases, a condensed version of Cherokee history, pictures and a small movie about stickball. A learning center is also available which allows people to see and hear part of the Cherokee syllabary. The Cherokee phrases and the word list may be downloaded.

According to Sequoyah Guess, media specialist for the cultural center, more information will be added to the site along with pictures.

The site recently linked up with another site to assist people with genealogy research. Information from the Cherokee Nation Registration Department is also available at the center's website.

Low Cost Eye Exams

CCS has renewed our agreement with the University of Houston College of Optometry. This agreement allows our members to receive eye exams and glasses at reduced cost. Eye exams for adults are $18 and $23 for children under 12 years of age. The cost of glasses within a specified frame selection is $46 for single vision glasses, $56 for bifocals, and $55 for trifocals. To schedule an appointment, call (713) 743-2020. Be sure to tell them you're a CCS member and take your membership card with you to the appointment.

Cherokee Heritage Festival

A multi-cultural event at Caddoan Mounds State Historical Park
Alto, Texas ( Six miles west of Alto)
October 19 and 20, 1996
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Adults $3

This is a benefit for the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi and will offer storytelling, dance demonstrations, living history demonstrations, arts and crafts and more! For information, contact Deer Moon Turner at (903) 629-3404.

Traditional Native American Tobacco Seed Bank and Education Program

The CCS received a gift of a tobacco mixture of traditional Native American tobacco, from 24 different groups in north, south and central America. We are asked to use this for traditional purposes and to spread the word about this free tobacco seed bank and educational program. This will be a great addition to our mixture for the medicine wheel and we want to thank this group and commend their work.

If you would like more information check out the Internet website or call Joseph Winter or Lawrence Shorty, Anthropology Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131, or call (505) 277-5853.

1996 Southern Plains Pow Wow

Johnny Nash Indoor Arena
Saturday, November 23, 1996
10 to 10

Sponsored by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (713) 932-1877.

Redwoods, Not Deadwoods

Many native groups and environmentalists are working diligently to protect the ancient growth of redwoods in northern California. This old growth is in danger of being destroyed by lumbering interests controlled by Maxxam Corporation. If your would like to help, please send a letter (like the following) to Charles Hurwitz, CEO, Maxxam Corporation, PO Box 572887, Houston TX 77257-2887.

It is time to demonstrate real corporate vision. Agree to hold off logging in Headwaters Forest' ancient groves so that negotiations for government acquisition can move forward in good faith.

As a concern citizen and Native American, I support debt-for-nature swap that use Headwaters Forest to settle Maxxam's potential S&L liabilities.

Request for Information

My name is Linda Sole and I am a research librarian in Denver, Co. I have been asked to do a presentation on the use of color in Native culture, especially concerning the fur trade era. I have Cherokee ancestry and I know from what I've read that there are specific uses of color to symbolize different things. Most of the sources have not been written by the Native peoples but by white anthropologists and movie script writers. This would be a good opportunity to hear from your readership and present what is truly thought not assumed. For example: Why were blue seed beads traded more often than red or yellow until later in the 19th Century. Or why do you see a predominance of blue and white designs until much later. I would appreciate any help. The presentation is in April of 1997. They can e-mail me at or mail at:

Linda Sole
12332 W. Iowa Dr.
Lakewood, Co 80228

Red Nations Remembering

Red Nations Remembering is an event created by the Cherokees of California and the Cherokee Cultural Society to help mark the important contributions and sacrifices of our ancestors. It is a time to remember the past yet plan for a brighter future. We invite all groups everywhere to be a part of Red Nations Remembering. Every group had a forced march, a trail where they cried.

To be a part, simply plan to gather in your community on March 9, 1997 to remember those who went before. The gatherings will be large and small, formal and informal, yet the important thing is that we are gathering. If you or your group would like more information, please call Deborah Scott at (713) 668-9998 or Barbara Warren at (916) 663-9125.

RNR Committee Report

During our regular meeting in September, we gathered information from members about their thoughts on activities to celebrate Red Nations Remembering. This information was reviewed by the RNR Committee, chaired by Judith Bruni during a luncheon meet and what a wonderful plan evolved!

The event will be launched in October with "Blazing a New Trail." We would like to have everyone of Native American to show their pride in their heritage by wearing a feather in their lapel and hanging feathers in their yards. There are certainly a lot of other places to display feathers, so use your imagination! We are presently locating sources for feathers, so if you have information or know where we can obtain larger quantities of feathers, please contact B.J. Callihan at (713) 668-0222.

In November, we will celebrate "Native American Heritage Month".

In December, we will actively support the Kickapoo Blanket Drive with donations of food, blankets and toys for the people on the Kickapoo Reservation.

In January, we will launch the Moccasin Making Contest with a mini workshop on moccasins.

In February, we will launch our media blitz about the event, along with school programs, lectures and contests.

March 9, 1997 "Blazing a New Trail: Red Nations Remembering Finale" The location is tentatively scheduled for Bear Creek Park and will begin with a Moccasin Walk, in traditional dress through the woods of Bear Creek Park. Participants can then enjoy demonstrations, presentations, workshops, food and arts and crafts. We also plan to hang prayer feathers and sing Amazing Grace in Cherokee.

CCS will need the help of all of our members to make this a truly rich and rewarding event. Please contact Judith Bruni to volunteer for a committee. Her number is (713) 556-1908.

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