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Cherokee ‘Ask an Elder’

17 Nov

“Ask an Elder”

There are many questions and few elders. This blog will be populated with your Q&A found in the comments.

Please comment with your questions and we’ll promote this blog to the Cherokee elders who may have the answers that you seek.

 

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71 responses to “Cherokee ‘Ask an Elder’

  1. Sheena

    November 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Are there any records from the 1800 of children who where ‘lost’?
    By this I mean either taken or adopted away from the tribe and family.
    My gGrandma was separated as a child and we know almost nothing of her birth family.
    We do not even know if her first name was given by her birth family or the ones who raised her. She was born in North-West NC is about all we know for sure.
    Is her story and history a dead end?

     
    • Clinton E Gillmore

      December 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Hello i’m not sure how to go about this. I was told since i’m cherokee in need my Indian card. Not sure what that mean’s i was adopted so i’ll use maiden name Clinton Eugen Ismael. If you can help me that whould be great:-)

       
  2. Barbara Jackson

    November 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t know a whole lot about my fathers’ family. Just enough to know that we are of Cherokee decent. I have tried to find what information that I can with what I know but it doesn’t seem to be enough. I know that we have family in Lawton, Oklahoma. But that is all I know…I don’t know any names. The only names I have are my grandfathers’ family name and grandmothers’ family name. Not to mention where there families came from. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I take a lot of proud in knowing my heritage, took a lot of bullying in school because I love my family history. I feel that knowing where I come from also lets me know why I am the way I am. Also as to why I can withstand ridicule, abuse,and prejudice. Mitakuye Oyasin

    Mrs. Barbara Jackson (Melton)

     
  3. Beverley Mcpherson

    November 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    It was told to me by my mother that her grandmother was taken by an Indian chief as a child. I want to know is there anyway to find out if this is true or not??

     
  4. Heidi

    November 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Mu grandmothers middle name was Osceola. Could this be Cherokee or only Seminole?

     
  5. Christopher Kirkwood

    November 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I have a memory of meeting my Great Grandmother although she died before I was born. Is this common.

     
    • Linda

      August 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      My grandmother came to me in a dream and said “you’re pregnant”. Two weeks later I found out I was. She died 10 years before the dream. I will never forget that.

       
  6. Jared Tucker

    November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I am of Cherokee on my mothers side and of Lumbee on my fathers side I just want some kind of history into both sides so that I may know my four fathers better and why the Lumbee tribe of NC is not recognized Federally

     
  7. Beverley Mcpherson

    November 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    It was told to me by my mother that my great gand mother was taken by an Indian cheif, first is this possible and second how do I find out what my Cherokee heritage is. My great grandmothers name was Lena Mae.and my grandmother was Verna Levitia Edwinds…

     
  8. brenna culbert

    December 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    My father passed away when i was a child, before I met him. His mother is dead, and so are his sisters. I would like for my children to know about their culture, and have a deeper understanding. where can i take my children as a family to celebrate their culture and learn more about history, when I never experienced it myself. Where do I go and how can I meet someone to teach me, so that I can teach them?

     
    • Debi

      January 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Attend a few pow-wows. It’s a rich, family oriented, cultural experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s a wonderful experience.

       
    • Linda

      August 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Cherokee, North Carolina is a GREAT place to start. Plan your trip in June or July, though. See everything there is to see (Oconaluftee Village, Cherokee Bonfire Storytelling. Unto These Hills drama, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, etc.). Go to their webpage and look at events. Go to the Pow Wow when it is scheduled (was in June this year).

      Then travel to East Tennessee to the land of the Overhill Cherokees and follow the Unicoi Trail. Northern Georgia also has some sites.

      Then go to Oklahoma to visit the present-day Cherokee Nation.

      Enjoy the journey! I am! :0)

       
      • 15yearsandcountingdream

        September 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

        Hi Linda,

        Everything happens for a reason, and I think my stumbling on your post was a point in the right direction. My sons are part Cherokee from their father’s side. Not sure how much. But now I have Grandchildren and am looking to teach them about their Cherokee heritage. I am also working a book that deals more with today’s Cherokee way of life and it sounds like you live in the area I am researching. Would you be willing to converse with me on life in Cherokee North Carolina? I have a small blog that I started doing for my research and you can read it at cherokeeresearch.wordpress.com and my contact information is annmccambridge@hotmail.com If you do not have the time or can recommend and elder that I could speak with, I would be very grateful.

        Thank you, Ann

         
      • Linda

        September 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        Hi Ann. I sent you an email in response to your post :0)

         
  9. Scott Gower

    December 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    To whom this may concern: I was told that one of my mother’s grandparent was cherokee,was does that make me??..please respond to me on facebook…Scott Gower,Florida.

     
    • Priscilla Robinson

      February 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      My grandma died before I got achance to meet her too. Her name was Rose. So I have no memory of her. Of course you remember, I remember My Great grandma.

       
  10. Scott Gower

    December 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Dear sir,I was told that one of my departed mother’s grand parent was in fact cherokee,what would that make me?

     
  11. Martha Luallen

    December 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

    My Great Grandmother Nancy Jane Fox was said to be Half Cherokee and we can not find much about her on Ancestry.com I think her father was James Fox or Foxx she married Bill Austin In Kentucky he had a farm in Dunnville it was said that he went to south Caroline to get her I had A DNA test done on my Mother and I could not make out all of it it did say she had Indian blood but I could not understand all the other information on thier wed site and have lost it on my computer my Grandmother married Perry Owens from Jamestown Tennessee and they are said to have Indian blood I have been on the Dawes Rolls can find a James Fox but all that is listed with him does not sound like any of my Family

     
  12. Amanda

    January 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I am 1/16 Cherokee, My great great grandmother was full blooded cherokee the sister of a cheif, I would like to know more of my cherokee heratiage. My childeren have cherokee from my side and cherokee and blackfoot on their fathers. We do not know how much on his since his mother was adopted as a child. I sometimes feel that it is calling me, I sometimes hum a tune that could be cherokee but I am not sure if maybe I made it up. I live in Missouri and wonder if there is anywhere near that would welcome us and teach us. Thank you.

     
  13. Sandy Ballard

    January 11, 2013 at 1:59 am

    My Dads Mother, Mini (Hearsel) Ballard told me as a very young child “To seek the truth about my ancestors”, She said I’m related to Crazy Horse, thru her side of the family. My Dad was very upset because he didn’t want me to know. She passed away and never told me the names of my people. My family is all dead and I want to know. The blood rises in me and I can feel them calling to me to find out. Can you help me?

     
    • Priscilla Robinson

      February 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      I am here

       
    • Linda

      August 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Honor your ancestors and seek to learn their ways and who they are. I know that feeling – I have it, too. And unbelievably I live in the exact location that my ancestors from seven generations back and beyond live.

      I had NEVER been to Tennessee in my life, but something was calling me here. I did not know what (or who), but on the day my father died I drove through here and knew in my heart this is where I needed to live. Eight months later (and some miracles) I moved here to Cherokee Overhill Country. I just found out last year (9 years after moving here) while doing some genealogical research that all of my Cherokee ancestors were from HERE. I mean like within 15 miles of my house. I bout had a fit of “Oh my gosh! I cannot believe this!” But you know what, I DO believe it and I know I was called here for a reason.

       
  14. Pamela Tice

    January 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I was told by my aunt that I’m part cherokee I have been trying to find out more about my family. They are from West Verginia last name bumbgardner first Blanche. Or Riggs if you know anything to help I would appreciate it. Thank you. Pam tice

     
  15. Dennis Pitcher

    January 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    My grandfather was Cherokee and my father had a lot of trouble in school because of it I am very proud to be of the Cherokee decent I would really like to know more if anyone can help me, thank you for your time.oceo.

     
  16. Kelly lizotte

    January 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Hi my origins are French Canadian as well as others . My great grandmother was born in a tee-pee : wigwam . My grandfather Robert lizotte was the first one in my family to be born in a hospital in the USA he’s about 76 it’s old and he was born in Nortedam hospital in central falls, RI . I’m very interested in my native heritage and very proud of it. Yet I’m having trouble finding real answers to what tribe I belong to. Also I would like to know more so I can pass on the knowledge to my 12 year old son. please contact me if you can help me discover more about my ancestors ….I’m proud of my heritage and would like to knowledge . I m a college student in the leadership society, honors society , and phi beta kappa ….currently enrolled at Grand Canyon university. Thank you for Any info you may have . It’s greatly appreciated . Thank you, kelly lizotte 401 569 0304

     
    • Priscilla Robinson

      February 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      I am part alagonquin, which I beleive is french. My father told me. He is 77. I feel strongly that i need to find my heritage too.

       
  17. Eric

    January 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I am a 35 year old man from Boston, MA. Lately, I have been going through life alone and it is beginning to weigh heavy on a man’s soul.

    Growing up I was told by my mother that I have Cherokee blood and it is something that has stuck with me ever since. Well, now at this age, I am very eager to learn more about my heritage and try to locate living relatives still involved in the Nation but I don’t know where to begin. I was one told that my Godfather would know but he passed away in July 2012 from cancer.

    Please steer me in the right direction so I can take my heritage to the next level and become more involved.

    Thank you very much for any assistance you can provide.

    Wado

     
    • Priscilla Robinson

      February 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      My daughter died of cancer too. I have another daughter who has had cancer. I woory about her. I also have another daughter that I worry about too. I am part cheroke and alagonquin. Sorry about your loss. Keep your head high. And everything will be fine.

       
  18. Stephanie Brinker

    January 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Im part Cherokee Indian and I dont know where to find out anything Ive always wanted to meet some Indians but I dont think there are any around here I live in southwest Pennsylvania. I just want to know anything and everything about that heritage.

     
    • Priscilla Robinson

      February 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Iam part cherokee. Come norh I live in New york.

       
      • Stephanie Brinker

        February 6, 2013 at 5:49 am

        I would but I just started school and I have classes every monday through friday right now

         
  19. leeann shelley

    January 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

    i am trying to find all that i can on my heritage. I know that i am of cherokee desent. I want to be able to teach my children so they can be proud of their heritage. All i kno is my family is from tennessee and my family tree end with my grandma because no one knows anything except she was raised by white man. I would love to kno the order of colors and learn prayers to teach my children

     
  20. Tom Cochran

    January 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

    At the age of 56 i am haveing a hard time trying to live the cherokee life i am half plesae help me find my path.

     
  21. cody pool

    January 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    my dad was full blooed cherokee my mom hafe and her dad was full what does that make me and where can i go to learn the ways of our pepole

     
  22. Amanda Swayze

    January 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I know most Cherokees today practice Christianity. I wondered though, if anyone still practices the old religions, and what those consist of?

     
  23. Terry Abbott

    January 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    My mother always told us that she was 1/2 Cherokee, and that her mother was too. Her Grandfather was cherokee, and had a tommy hawk that he always carried around. She also said that her ancesters where seperated during the Trail Of Tears how do I find this out and if any or all is true

    Terry Abbott Bedford ,KY

     
  24. Linda (Watkins)Frost

    January 20, 2013 at 7:23 am

    my grandfather was 1/8th Cherokee and I was wondering if you could help us find where it started from…

     
  25. judy marling

    January 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Hello! I can “trace ” my dads family to Dawes rolls. How does one verify this? How does one reconnect? He died when i was small, losing contact of his side of the family when he passed. Thank you for your response. Peace and love to all you may know.

     
  26. joAnn Thomas

    January 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

    My mother said my father was black dutch.I was at the museum in Cherokee N.C. and saw that some of the Indians said they were black dutch so they would not have to be on The Trail Of tears is this true? thank you
    JoAnn Thomas

     
  27. Doug Rockhound Rich

    January 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I may not be a full blood but I am 100% at heart, Thank you for this wondferful webpage, Idle no more!!!

     
    • Linda

      August 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      I’m right there with ya, Doug! :0)

       
  28. Jenny Jordan

    January 27, 2013 at 3:08 am

    My great grandmother was Cherokee. Her name was Mary Justice. She lived in Boone County, West Virginia. How do I trace her family. Not sure where to start. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.

     
  29. Kimberly Ann Boswell

    January 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I’m part Cherokee on my side may he rest in peace. Where online can I find a book of Cherokee language and how it translates to english?

     
  30. Karen ( Green ) Wickersham

    February 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    My Father’s family is from NE Georgia, I know we are of Cherokee descent, on both sides of Dad’s family. How can I prove this to become offically a member of the tribe. I have been to Cherokee, NC once and loved it. I would very much like to return there some day it is quite beautiful. The mountains are in my blood. I have great respect for all our Native peoples but I would love to know more about the Cherokee tribe.

     
  31. Sherry Cannon

    February 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Is there anything you can tell me about what is called “shadow people” or “spirit walkers”. I have actually seen one here in NM. I would like to know if they are good or evil. And anything else I can learn about them!! Thank you!!

     
  32. Michael preston

    February 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    im 1/8 cherokee and trying to fing a roll number so i can get the benifits can you please help me

     
  33. Raven Images

    February 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

    What is the difference between a Birth Name and a Given Name.

     
  34. Christina Owens

    February 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I would like to know more about my Grandma and her background. I have a photograph.

     
  35. tena mayfield

    February 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    how do we prove blood line we all where told cherokee i have been asked what tribe not sure

     
  36. Priscilla Robinson

    February 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I never got to meet my grandma on my fathers side. I have her name Rose. I want to know what she looked like?

     
  37. Alexei

    February 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    my Question doesn’t concern about blood or anything i need a Shamans about a slight matter, if i could get help i’d appreciate. and i can’t share my problem in public.

     
  38. Joshua Ashburn

    February 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    My name is Joshua Ashburn my grandfathers side is full blooded Cherokee & I was wanted to trace back some records so i can know more about my ancestors he lives off the land and he just inspires me more & more each day. I love listening to Native American music it fells like i can connect with the song & it calms me & lets me relax & when i listen to the music i feel like another person but i would like more information on the Ashburn family & the Cherokee background that is in my family. Thank You

     
  39. Todd Osborn

    February 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

    No claim of Cherokee heritage, I would like to open a discussion with someone who is willing to share their knowledge of the traditional ways; of the land, animals, spirits and plants. Either via email or letter exchange. I am a family man in Iowa 47 years old, seeking knowledge and understanding.

     
  40. chrissy carstensen

    February 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    i,m not even sure i’m on the rt. site but i must try..my fathers name was james earl anderson,before he died he told me he was married before my mom, she was american indian(he said very pretty with long black hair parted in the middle)her name was christine and she had several brothers.he had married her and she was pregnant..brothers didn’t like and run him off..i’m 56 ..so “baby” could be 60′s..i am his 1st born as far as any one knows…he named me christine…if u know anything plz contact me…

     
  41. Sherrie B. Ware-Lopez

    February 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    To everyone who has posted: Blood Quantum is for Bureau of Indian Affairs to get your BIA card showing you are a registered Indian. CID cards are Certificate of Indian Degree cards. Different Nations use different cards and different blood quantums but it is all done at the behest of the Government. The old time Cherokee people will tell you that one drop of Cherokee blood makes you Cherokee even though that doesn’t satisfy the Government. You can go online to Ancestry.com, go to your local library to contact the local genealogical society, look online for the office of each particular Nation and speak to someone by phone, email or letter to find out how to trace your family. You need as much information as possible – dates of birth, marriage and deaths, full names, places the family lived. There are other Rolls besides the Dawes Roll to check. Sometimes people at different Nations Headquarters will help you and some have records for other Nations too, but don’t expect to find someone that will do it all for you. There are also many reputable genealogists that specialize in Native genealogy. Be prepared for a lot of time consuming work and expense if you can’t afford to be pay a genealogist. Make sure you document everything you find. If you find an ancestor on a Roll with a Roll Number be prepared to prove your relationship to this person. That means you have to show by birth, marriage and death certificates and maybe more that you are related. Some people get lucky and find information right away, some people spend years looking and never do because of some small piece of wrong information a family member gave them – because that’s what they were told growing up. And some people will never find the proof the Gov’t requires. There were many Natives that did not go in and never registered. They did not want to loose their land, homes or their children as it was once policy to take children to send to boarding schools in order to teach trades and English.
    Whether you are a Mixed Blood or Full Blood, you don’t have to have a Roll Number to be Native. I, myself, am a product of Cherokee, Choctaw, Scots, Irish, German and Anglo blood. Because I was lucky enough to have my Cherokee/Scots maternal great grandmother till I was in my 20′s I soaked up everything about our people that I could, but still don’t know as much as I wish. I never questioned us not being registered until I was older and living in Oklahoma. There, many of my registered Native friends knew much less about their Cherokee and Choctaw Heritage than I did. They had no real interest in their heritage – they just took the benefits they got from having that card. Over the years the Gov’t and different Nations have tightened the rules on Tribal Registration because there were a lot of people registered, getting benefits and Indian Housing just on someone’s word. At one point in time there were a lot of people that lost homes and benefits when it was found out that they couldn’t prove their lineage back to a registered ancestor.
    I grew up hearing my maternal grandmother talk bad about the Choctaws (my dads family) that were prevalent in the small town that both my parents families lived in and that her mother, my Cherokee/Scots great grandmother lived in. My grandmother grew up in the period of time where everyone looked down on Natives and all us grand kids grew up knowing that you did not mention the word “Indian” in my grandmothers house. But two blocks over at her mothers house (my great grandmother) we were told the old stories and about our ancestors. So some people will never find that piece of info that will allow you a Roll Number. I have only the letters, books, and remembrances of the people that came before me to tell me who I am. I have lots of genealogical information as to my ancestors settling on old Cherokee Reservation land without a problem with the Cherokee while the neighbors were in constant turmoil with them. My ancestor married a Cherokee woman so there were no problems.
    If you truly feel you want to learn more about Cherokee Culture there are many places to go – your local library, the headquarters of the Western (Oklahoma) and Eastern (North Carolina) Cherokee Nations have book shops and gift shops as well as museums that can be visited. There are many sites online that you can look up to learn Native craft work as well as books and videos. It’s better to learn from an Elder but there are some excellent books and videos you can learn from. Please beware of anything that you buy at truck stops and other places. Most of that stuff is not Native made. It is shipped in from Mexico, China, Korea or wherever and it is cheap knockoffs The same applies to books you purchase to learn about Cherokee Culture as well as some people or Elders you may meet. A true Elder will not charge you money to teach you something. There may be a discussion of the worth of whatever it is but most of the time it is left up to the person asking for instruction to show how appreciative they are. Please be sure if you are going to approach an Elder to show proper respect by taking tobacco and other various groceries or whatever else you imagine the Elder might be in need of. As to the show of appreciation after the Elder has taught you, once again tobacco – this can be cartons of cigarettes, loose tobacco, rolls of tobacco or specialty tobacco, strings of beads, good cloth for ribbon shirts is always appreciated as well as blankets. You have asked the Elder to pass on knowledge so you should show how honored you are. There are some reputable books and tapes on Cherokee language but unless you are going to be living and working in a Cherokee environment it’s not needed. The Eastern and Western languages have much in common with each other but are also different and both can be a difficult language to learn.
    Also please beware the groups that have sprung up in every state that seek recognition as smaller patches of Cherokee, Texas Cherokee, Cherokees in Mexico and many other states. Some of them are not very reputable and are more like hobbyist or groups of people claiming to be this or that tribe. So ask a lot of questions and call the National Headquarters of the Nation the group says they are part of – Headquarters are usually aware of the different groups that in their state or another.
    My children grew up going to powwows, eating Indian tacos and fry bread. Sadly, my grandchildren haven’t done that because they are so busy with school and sports year round. Even my Mixed Blood Choctaw daughter-in-law who has a Roll Number knows little about her Heritage. I have repeated stories to my grandchildren that I heard as a child and still make reference to their heritage whenever possible. I know that some day they will ask the questions my sons asked and hopefully I’ll be around to answer those questions. Better yet, I want to be around to pay their way in to the “circle” at a powwow. That would make me happy. I would love to have a Roll Number to insure my grand children can go to college or get help otherwise but I taught my children about their heritage and am still teaching them along with my grandchildren. I don’t need a Roll Number to tell me that I am Cherokee.
    I hope that in some way I have helped a few of you with questions about how to trace their family history or other questions. The role of our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers in every Nation has always been to teach, advise and help. I take that very seriously and always have whether doing Living History, Re-enactments of Natives Involved in the Civil War, Native American presentations or crafts at schools in Okla.or at local libraries. Wado

     
    • Linda

      August 29, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Yes, but that bull with having an ancestor on the Dawes (or not, as the case may be) says I am “not” Cherokee – and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma seems to agree…

      Doesn’t matter that we are well-documented with my ancestors on all the rolls (prior to the Dawes). Doesn’t matter that one of my G-uncles was a Supreme Court Justice, editor for the Cherokee Advocate, Superintendent of Education, among other notable titles – in the CHEROKEE NATION. Nor does it matter that my ancestors were warriors as well and fought for the tribe (you know, back in the day). Nope, none of that matters to Cherokee Nation. All that matter to them is a white man’s roll that was SO corrupt and disorganized that many natives did not get their name on it. Yep, being on a white man’s “Final Roll” is what makes one a Cherokee today.

      So the rest of us are left to our own – no matter that our ancestors are calling us back to our Cherokee roots. It IS the seventh generation now, you know.

       
  42. Douglas Hammontree

    February 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My father died after i was born, although I didnt know him I have found out that he was Cherokee, I have doen some research and found his grandmother in the Dawes Scrolls, I didnt even know I had a different father until I was 18 when my grandmother told me, all my life I have been told I looked Native american but couldnt understand why, His last name was Blasingame from Rome GA, first name Frank,,just wondering how i wouuld go about searching for him further to claim my heritage, I know he has 6 other sons older than me but i have no clue where to start..any hints on how I can claim my heritage without him, and where do I begin, I have friends that are from the Taylor caln from Cherokee NC that have tried to help,,

     
  43. ralph woodson aka red wolf

    February 24, 2013 at 6:25 am

    My mother was cherokee born in tn. in the mountain rez is their anyway I can find records of that and my children and I would like to learn more about our heritage. thank you

     
  44. Helder Rock

    February 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I am British living in England but completely in love with the Native American Culture and all that it is related to it…. For many years I’ve been trying to know if there is a way that a non-Native can ever become member or honorary member of a Nation… I for one love the Cherokee! In my latest album I included a music based on a Cherokee song and used the original recording of the drums in the track, for many is the best track in the whole album, so much is my love and admiration for the People who I will always consider the True Americans. Thank you for your time. Blessings Brothers.

     
  45. 15yearsandcountingdream

    March 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I am doing research for a book and would love to know about whether there is a ceremony for coming of age and/or a ceremony with reference to naming? Can a tribe member have several names? Who does the naming? I can be reached at annmccambridge@hotmail.com. Thank you Ann

     
  46. Chad luallen

    May 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

    My great granfather john luallen had a daughter one nettie luallen who married clarence ricketts and passed away in tulsa ok in 1989, I cannot find her roll number or anything about her and ricketts. Please help me in my family geaneology tre

     
  47. cornell

    May 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hello brothers and sisters . From my mother I hear that my great grand mother was native and I always wanted to know how how can I find out the truth of what is in my blood . if one of yo canhelp me with info that would be utterly nice

     
  48. Helder Rock

    September 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I am British living in England but completely in love with the Native American Culture and all that it is related to it…. For many years I’ve been trying to know if there is a way that a non-Native can ever become member or honorary member of a Nation… I for one love the Cherokee! In my latest album I included a music based on a Cherokee song and used the original recording of the drums in the track, for many is the best track in the whole album, so much is my love and admiration for the People who I will always consider the True Americans. Thank you for your time. Blessings Brothers.

     
  49. Mark Garner

    September 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

    my mom was suppost to be half ,Cherokee but the main thang is th way she brong me up n th thangs she use to tell me n how she felt abt our people i had always drifted in this world tell th day i herd th drum n a pow wow not to min chine th way my mom taought me how to read between th lines in th movies with native american in them that even made my heart beat harder like my ancestry was callin me have always wanted to know more n go home so to speak it seems like it calls to me real dedication to somethen bigger what i was meant for how do i find my way

     
  50. cat

    November 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

    My daughter is half Cherokee and I would like her to know the culture. I would also like to know how I can find out if there are health concerns from her Cherokee side. The thing is I only knew the biological fathers 1st name. I think its very important that multicultural children know their parts so they understand themselves.

     
  51. Ginger

    December 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I have Cherokee in me and I would like to know more about the stone the herbs in the roots that they used . Weather special signs and symbols they used. I would deeply appreciate your help thank you

     
  52. Ginger

    December 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Want to know more about the race the used. stones. if there was a symbol that they used to identify their souls

     
  53. theresa Simons

    January 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I know there is native Americans my dads side of the familyan on my mothers side I have more of my mothers family then I do my dads I have some of the beginning parts of my dads an need help on finding out where the blood line starts an how far back cause my son is try to find out
    how much him an his one yr old would because the mother is also native American thank you for any help you can give you you can contact me at my email again thank you Theresa Simons

     
  54. Johnnie Christian

    February 24, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I am supposedly about half Cherokee. I am interested in finding any concrete proof of my heritage so I will do what someone on here suggested. My Father always told me that the word “christian” meant “deep water” in Cherokee. I was wondering if anyone can clarify this for me. My father ( a big practical joker,would never play a joke on me with this topic because his heritage was so important to him. Any help would be appreciated.

    sincerely,

    Johnnie C.

     
  55. danie

    February 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I am cherokee and i would like to know if there is any way of finding out what clan i belong to and if i can get a cherokee name and how as my ancestors have all passed

     

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