Cherokee Messenger
November 1995

CCS Launches Heritage Month

November is National Native American Awareness Month, and The Cherokee Cultural Society has requested that Mayor Bob Lanier declare November, 1995 Native American Heritage Month for Houston. This is the opportunity to plan timely events that foster the spirit and culture of Native American ancestry and provide an awareness among all people.

The Cherokee Cultural Society will receive the mayoral proclamation October 26, 1995, and will hold a public declaration during the afternoon of November 2, 1995. (Watch for details to come.)

Native Horizons: November 3-5

As part of the observance of Houston’s Native American Heritage Month, CCS is collaborating with the Houston Museum of Fine Arts to launch special events November 3-5, 1995. We invite everyone in the community to the Museum for the Native American Film Festival. During each of these days, renowned Cherokee filmmaker Randy Redroad will be present for showings of his films.

Volunteers are still needed to assist with the Native Horizons. November 3-5 activities, from phoning members ahead of schedule, to setting up teepees, to greeting visitors the day of the event. Please phone Event Coordinator Judith Bruni, (713) 556-1908, to offer help. CCS will honor Mr. Redroad with a reception Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., at the CCS monthly meeting. Be sure to come meet this award winning artist.

Sunday is Family Day!

Sunday, November 5, 1:00-4:00pm. 1001 Bissonnet at Main Street (next to Hermann Park) Free Parking, north of Bissonnet, west of Main Street.

CCS will host the exciting Family Day, to include tepees on the Museum grounds, Cherokee flute and drum music, and craftmaking for the children. There will be special information to assist those seeking Cherokee Nation Registration.

1:00 J.C. High Eagle-Native American
Sign language/American Indian Flute

1:30 Films by Randy Redroad:
Haircuts Hurt. Cowtipping.- The Militant Indian Waiter (Each film runs 10 minutes)

2:00 J.C. High Eagle-Native American
Sign language/American Indian Flute

2:30 Films by Randy Redroad:
Haircuts Hurt. Cowtipping: The Millitant Indian Waiter (Each film runs 10 minutes)

3:00 J.C. High Eagle-Native American
Sign language/American Indian Flute

3:30 Cherokee Cultural Society
Deborah Scott & Ed Holland

Ongoing 12:15 until 4:00 pm.
Artist led hands-on workshop with Stella Naranjo making clay vessels
Exploring tepees

7:00 Evening film presentation

As part of our outreach, CCS has invited representatives from the American Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Intertribal Council of Houston to have their organizational information available at the event and to encourage their members to join our growing audience during this festive time. Be sure to tell friends and family! We want to share this enrichment with everyone.

Other special events are in the planning stages at this printing.

Congratulations to New CCS Board Members

The October 5, CCS meeting included the annual election. We welcome these new leaders to the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Cultural Society: Pat George, Cindy Linnenkohl, Jimmy Melton and Sammye Rusco (re-elected). Sammye has served as Vice President/Programs during the past year. (See the October Cherokee Messenger for details on all the candidates.) Specific offices to be held by each will be announced as board positions are finalized.

Also approved on the ballot was a bylaw amendment for the creation of a Founding Advisory Board, to retain roles for the CCS founding members. It will be comprised of founders no longer active as elected officials who would provide support, direction and stability to the organization.

Sincere gratitude goes to the dedicated board members who have brought CCS so far in the short time since its founding in the fall of 1992. Super pats on the back to original members Deborah Scott, Ed Holland, and B.J. Callihan; plus Steve Triplett, Bill Turk, Wade McAllister, Victor Carroll, Terry Thompson, Meg Walker and to everyone who worked so long to make CCS a reality.

The October monthly meeting was a fascinating combination of storytelling by Steve Triplett, discussion of Cherokee traditional dances by Deborah Scott, and a review of colorful Cherokee figure Ned Christy, by Ed Holland.

Everyone in the community is welcome at CCS meetings, regardless of ethnic or cultural heritage. We enjoy sharing with anyone who is interested

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 2

Be sure to join us as we honor nationally acclaimed filmmaker Randy Redroad, this date, 7:30 p.m., at the Tracy Gee Community Center, located one block south of Richmond Avenue, just east of Beltway 8, the Sam Houston Tollway, at 3599 Westcenter. (Free parking.)

Herb of the Month: Fennel

Fennel has a pleasant, aromatic odor. The "seeds" are really small, dried fruit. In the U.S. fennel is used chiefly for flatulence. Europeans use it to loosen phlegm, and it is a common ingredient in cough preparations and a fragrance in cosmetics. The Amish refer to fennel as “society seed". They carry it to their church meetings so their breath is not offensive.

Try making iced tea with boiling water. While the tea is steeping, bruise a few "seeds" by pinching across the fingers and adding them to the container of tea. The cold tea retains a subtle flavor and freshness days later.

In the Planning Stages...

The Cherokee Cultural Society currently is awaiting confirmation details on the events:
A visit from Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief James Garland Eagle, November 17, 1995.

A Native American Art Show featuring a celebrated Cherokee painter at a local restaurant where the art would be displayed, in conjunction with the November 5 Family Day.

The Land of The Cherokees

by Ernest Neal, Poet Laureate of Georgia, Calhoun, Georgia

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