Cherokee Messenger
November 1996

November Show and Sell

November is Show and Sell. We are inviting all members and others in the community to come to our meeting. It is a time to show us what you’ve been working on and to get a jump start on holiday shopping. Maybe this year we can all celebrate the Bounding Bush Ceremony in addition at the traditional holidays.

New Board Members

At the elections in October, the following Board members were elected to take the place of retiring members: Deborah Scott, Ed Holland, and Bill Turk. The new members are Victor Carroll, Judith Bruni, and Martha Sebastian. According to our by-laws, at the first board meeting the officers will determine the reposibilities of each member. These positions will be announced at the November meeting.

Also at the October meeting, Bill Turk asked the group to name Deborah Scott "beloved woman" in accordance with our tradition. The group all agreed and honored the retiring president and co-founder of the Cherokee Cultural Society. Deborah took this opportunity to share her gratitude and thanks for all the fond memories and great friendships afforded her through the organization.

Red Nations Remembering Update - 1

In October we launched our Red Nations Remembering celebration with the introduction of feathers. Yes, feathers. We are asking all people of Native American descent to wear feathers in their lapels, hang feathers from their porches and trees, and use feathers in other creative displays of our heritage. In this way, we can start identifying how very many of us there are in the population. We need to bring this awareness to the forefront. Indian people are among us all the time! To help with this, we were able to obtain lapel feathers from Oklahoma. These are attached to a tieclasp and easily worn on a collar, hat brim or lapel. These sell for $6. If you would like one mailed to you, please send $6 plus $1 for postage and handling to PO Box 1506, Bellaire TX 77402-1506.

Kickapoo Blanket Drive

In December we will be having our traditional White Elephant Party, where everyone brings a "white elephant" from your attic and we spend a tremendous amount of time swapping and laughing! We will also be collecting NEW blankets and toys, and canned goods to deliver to the Kickapoo Reservation prior to the holidays. This is also part of our Red Nations Remembering activities. During the Cherokee Trail of Tears, we were without shoes, blankets or food during the long walk to Oklahoma. This is to honor those who walked. Please bring your blankets or send your contributions, marked Kickapoo Project, to CCS, PO Box 1506, Bellaire, TX 77402-1506.

Show Your Feathers!

Our grass roots effort to encourage native people to wear feathers is being met with enthusiasm wherever we go. At the American Indian Chamber of Commerce meeting last month, many people from different tribes bought feathers to wear or to give to a friend who couldn’t make the meeting. We have completely sold out of our first order and have placed our second order. They should arrive in time for our November Show and Sell.

NATIVEWORDFEST: Honoring the Warrior

Writers and Storytellers Educational Conference, North Harris College, 2700 WW Thorne Blvd., Houston, Texas on November 22 and 23, 1996.

Presented by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and Native American Arts Council of Texas, Inc.

The 2-day conference will offer workshops on writing, storytelling, and performing during the day with readings and performances on Friday evening. The conference is opne to beginning, emerging and established (published) Native American writers and storytellers as well as the general public. The cost of the conference is $50 for nonmembers of Wordcraft Circle. Call Janet Johnson Peatross for reservations or information, (713) 801-9941.

Cherokee Language Classes

Gregg Howard, a presenter a Nativewordfest will offer a Cherokee language class all day Saturday, November 23, if there is enough interest. This is a great opportunity to emerge in the language for a day. Language classes is also the biggest suggestion for CCS activities - so, sign up by calling Janet and letting her know you’ll be there!

Red Nations Remembering Update - 2

November is Native American Awareness month and the CCS has petitioned Mayor Bob Lanier to again proclaim this month for the City of Houston. Our request is being processed and no response had been received at the time of printing.

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