An old man is telling his grandson about a fight that is going on inside him. He said it is between two wolves:
1. One is evil, with anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority and ego.
2. The other is good and a peace maker, with joy, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth,
compassion, and wiling to sacrafice.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old man simply replied, "The one I feed."
CHEROKEE FESTIVALS AND HOLIDAYS
Month of the Windy Moon (March):
The Ceremony of the First
New Moon of Spring,
this initiated the planting
Month of the End of Fruit Moon (August):
This is our Green
Corn Ceremony, this includes gathering one ear
of corn from each of the seven
clans, sacrifice, prayer, and relighting of the sacred fire.
Month of the Nut Moon
This is when we have our Ripe Corn Ceremony, it celebrates the
Month of the Harvest Moon (October):
The Great New Moon Ceremony
celebrates the Cherokee's New Year.
Friends Made Ceremony remembers vow of brotherly/sisterly love, purification
of the mind and body.
UKU Dance Ceremony is every seven (7) years and replaces the Great New Moon
Ceremony. This where our UKU (chief)
renews his/her religious and civic duties.
Month of the Trading Moon (November):
This is the Bounding Bush Ceremony
which is a non-religious feasting
and dancing, very enjoyable.
Cherokee: A Cherokee Prophecy.
It is told that, in the early days of the Old (Cherokee) Nation, seven wise
and holy men went together to a certain
valley in the Smokey mountains to seek
knowledge of the future.
Of all the people in all Seven Clans of the Cherokee these seven men were the
most truthful, most selfless, and most
heedful of the needs and well being of
all the Tribe. They carried the medicine deerskin and medicine tobacco, and did
all the holy things along the way.
And when they came to this certain valley, they spread out the deerskin in
the center and prayed, saying they came
with humility, to seek truth and to
share it with the people.
Then they blew smoke over the deerskin, each in turn, and they watched the
smoke trails for a sign from the Gods.
And the Gods came down from the heavens and spoke, and they showed the seven
Holy Men images of what life would be
like in the future.
And when the Gods were finished, the Seven Holy Men went and prophesied to
the people the marvels that they had been
The first was that men would someday fly in the air.
The second was that the tracks of the Cherokee people would someday lead west
to the valley of the Mississippi, never
The third was that there would be schools to teach important knowledge to all
But the fourth prophecy was that in the future, young people would return
from the schools, and point rudely to the
old men of the tribe, and claim that
what the old men said did not matter -- because they knew nothing.
The people considered this last prophecy for a long time, and talked in
Council and among themselves, but they were
never able to determine what great
wisdom might be taught in these schools that the children should point to the
people and talk in this way.
Nevertheless, WE ARE NOW IN THE FOURTH PROPHECY!