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In the world of Native Americans, oral communication takes the place of the written word in preserving their most valued "texts." By a miracle of transmission, here is the earliest and most complete version of the story of the Cherokee people, from their origins in a land across the great waters to the coming of the white man. In olden times, it was recited at every Great Moon or Cherokee New Year festival so it could be learned by young people and the tribal lore perpetuated. It was set down in English in an Indian Territory newspaper by Cornsilk (the pen-name of William Eubanks) from the Cherokee language recitation of George Sahkiyah (Soggy) Sanders, a fellow Keetoowah Society priest, in 1892. We do not have anything anterior or more authentic than Eubanks and Sanders' "Red Man's Origin. Mystic and plain-spoken at the same time, "Red Man's Origin" tells how the clans became seven in number, reorganized their religion in America and struggled to maintain their "half-sphere temple of light." You will hear in Cornsilk's original words about the true name of the Cherokee people, the totem Uktena serpent, divining crystals of the Urim and Thummin, "terrible Sa-ho-ni clan" and other Cherokee storytelling subjects. The brief narrative is here reprinted with an introduction, notes and line drawings from Native American history by Cherokee author Donald Panther-Yates.
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I recall a starry night in Tennessee many years ago when I heard the traditional story of the Cherokee people's origins from an elder. My emotions were mixed, ranging from "Why hadn't I heard this before?" and being a bit peeved to a sublime sense of relief, resolution and gratitude. After that, my life seemed changed, more "figured out." I felt as though the ancestors had spoken to me. When I stumbled on "Red Man's Origin" in the Oklahoma Historical Society newspaper archives, I had a similar experience. It was electrifying, and I thought to myself, "Here is what has been missing all along!"From the Back Cover:
"When we lived beyond the great waters there were twelve clans belonging to the Cherokee tribe. And back in the old country in which we lived the country was subject to great floods . . . ." So begins the traditional tribal history that used to be recited at the Great Moon festival and other Cherokee gatherings. It was set down by Cornsilk, a newspaper editor, in 1896 on the basis of the original Cherokee words of his fellow Keetoowah Society priest, Soggy Sanders. Cryptic and hard to find, it is back in circulation again after more than a hundred years.
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