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Voices of Cherokee Women is a well-written chronicle, from pre-contact to modern times, of how Cherokee women went from respected voices in the community to silence, and back again. Telling many stories again from another perspective (particularly Mooney and Lt. Timberlake, whose accounts look different when viewed through the lense of women's history), this book shows another side of the story. Our story.

Acceptance of the Gregorian system of time-measurement, which came with more quickly produced (manufactured) goods, led to rejection of a more feminine calendar, and thus eventually to acceptance of European religion (at the point of trader debt and guns, admittedly), loss of the Tsalagi language in favor of English, and a forced acceptance of the 'Civilizing' program: an attempt to replace the Cherokee way of thinking, respect for mothers and honored women, with the domestication of obedient ladies: a European way of thinking.

These essays show more than just how Cherokee women went from equality to inequality and back again. They show how the imposition of calendar, religion, language and 'civilization' led to the loss of a more open and flexible way of thinking.


Gregorian Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Universal Date (aka MEOW Community Cooperation Date) : Sunday, 24 September, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era, aka Human Era)

Re: Well...

Date: 2014-09-29 08:23 am (UTC)
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>> I will re-see it -I had a hard time reading the page due to the dark on dark background. <<

Sorry about that.

>> I searched GR for the Army of One, but it looks like an unpublished work? <<

It's published, but not in book format yet. I've only got the three whole books published thus far, although Goodreads may have some of the anthologies I've appeared in. A great deal of my work is only visible online or scattered across magazines.

>> I agree, but the divide and conquer has worked it's bitter work, and now the job is to re-build community on a more fraternal basis, via family of choice, I believe. How do we get people to realize that we are all related? <<

Focus on intertribal activities. That can help a lot. Look for common ground in cultural practices between tribes. There is plenty of it. Yes, the tribes are each distinct but if you pile them all together they are a lot more like each other than like the Europeans. Short list: storytelling, drums, dancing, reverence of plants and animals as guides, prevalence of 4 as a sacred number, and let's not forget Plains Indian Sign which was an auxiliary trade language that touched all four coasts. Identify common goals and work toward them -- frex, keeping oil pipelines off the land and making sure everyone has water.

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