See the September issue of the Cherokee Messenger for biographical sketches of many of the candidates. Two candidates who did not appear at that time are included here.
Harry " Alan" Taylor writes: "I would like to be considered for a board position during the upcoming election of the Cherokee Cultural Society . For those who don’t know me, my name is Harry ‘Alan’ Taylor. I am an Official Tribal Representative for the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee, Echota Fire U.K.B I am a descendant of Redbird Sixkiller on my father’s paternal side and Mont Beaver on my father’s maternal side. I was born and raised in the Georgia/North Carolina/Tennessee border area, near Red Clay. I am married, with four children and two grandchildren, and I am on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard in Houston, TX."
Wade S. McAlister lists memberships of Grace Presbyterian Church, Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Elder’s Council, and Cherokee Cultural Society (founding member). He has been married 32 years and has three grown children. Wade graduated from the University of Oklahoma, has spent over thirty years in the oil and gas business in various petroleum land management and general management positions and currently is with Tradewinds Oil and Gas, Inc. Although he may not be able to attend all meetings due to business travel, he writes, "I would like to build on successes of previous boards for a stronger and larger Cherokee Cultural Society."
Today, millions of visitors from throughout the world come to enjoy what the Cherokee have experienced for unnumbered generations-the spectacular beauty of the Great Smokies. About 90 percent of the Great Smokies stretches throughout the entire western North Carolina area. The other ten percent is located in the southeastern corner of Tennessee which borders North Carolina. Sixty percent of the Park’s 550,000 acres are in North Carolina while about forty percent are located in Tennessee. States David Redman of the Cherokee Tribal Travel and Promotion Office, "…So many people who vacation in the area never experience the breadth and depth of the offerings of the Great Smokies…. Vacationers need to plan several days in the area and design a variety of day trips throughout both eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. Sources for obtaining information are available such as the American Automobile Association and several visitor centers in the region, including those operated by the National Park Service." Within the confines of the Park there are more species of trees and plants than on the whole of the European continent. Nine hundred miles of hiking trails have been developed within the borders of the Park to transport people into this wonderland. Although the Cherokee of today live in only a minute portion of their original homeland, none will disagree that living in the Smokies simply can’t be beat.
Dear Cherokee Messenger,
The website looks excellent and I’d like to join CCS and receive the full newsletter on a regular basis. I am Cherokee/Irish and living in California. I’ve been active in Cherokees of Northern California Club since it formed, but am currently living in southern California. I notice the May ’97 website issue mentions basketweaving. I’m familiar with the twined, double wall style of basket, I believe it was most commonly made of buckbrush, but I’ve always used honeysuckle vine and even round reed, as that kind of buckbrush doesn’t grow out here (that I know of). I am giving a demonstration of this method of basketry September 28 at Satwiwa Indian Cultural Center and also at Calabasas Pumpkin Festival Oct. 18-19, both places in the mountains west of Los Angeles. I am very interested in any and all information regarding Cherokee basketry, and would love to find other Cherokee basket weavers interested in corresponding (mail/email) and sharing knowledge, ideas and concerns. Some answers I’ve been looking for are: (1) What is the buckbrush used in Cherokee baskets? The scientific name particularly. There are many, different plants that are commonly called "buckbrush." (2) Information about cane…there is a plant out here commonly called cane, that’s taking over some waterways…I’m not sure where to begin knowing if it’s the same used in Cherokee baskets. (3) Other possible materials or sources for materials. Well if you could forward this to anyone interested or who may know more, I would very much appreciate it.
I can be reached through email at slowpokI@tx.netcom.com or at 714-847-5765.
The great news for our readers is that persons, Native or non-Native, who want to focus on writing and storytelling can be part of this group. We are nonpolitical and strive to improve upon our talents by sharing our history and culture with others. Otilia Sanchez currently contributes her time to edit a monthly newsletter, NATIVEWrit, for the local members. She and Janet, plus other Houston members, work diligently on the national journal, the MOCASSIN TELEGRAPH, which has already showcased local writers. Janet has donated much expertise through chapter workshops and is the coordinator of the November 14-15, 1997 Wordcraft Regional Conference at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston, entitled "Nativewordfest: Honoring the Seventh Generation." Please feel free to attend. For further details, leave a message for Janet Johnson, voicemail, 713-801-0895, or phone 281-931-3614.
More good news is that we are near completion of the first Houston Chapter journal, NATIVEWORD DANCERS, a polished collection of prose, poetry and art from our local Wordcrafters. It will be a great addition to your collection of Native treasures and will make wonderful holiday gifts. Look for copies of Native Word Dancers at upcoming pow wow, the AISES Conference, the November CCS meeting and other local events.
Houston Area Professional Chapter officers are:
Otilia Sanchez, (Yaqui) President
Lu Ellis, (Potawatomi) Vice President
Vicki Henrichs, (Cherokee) Secretary
Carroll Cocchia, (Blackfoot) Treasurer
Mailing address: Wordcraft Circle, Houston Area Professional Chapter, P.O. Box 772204, Houston, TX 77215-2204.