My husband is a full-blood Cherokee from Oklahoma. Together, we have a son...I have been exposed to the Cherokee way of life and history....and I love it!
Mary Golda Ross was a great-great-granddaughter of Cherokee Chief John Ross. She was born at Park Hill in 1908, less than a year after Oklahoma statehood. She grew up on her family’s land allotment in the area where Ross and many of his descendants lived following the Cherokee removal to Indian Territory.
Traditional Cherokee Pottery was made with clay dug up from the earth in the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago. The Cherokee used hand building techniques, added mica and crushed shells to the clay and used paddles carved out of pine or cherry to carve designs and remove air bubbles. Many contemporary Cherokee tribes continue making pottery in the same manner as their ancestors.
John Ross, the famous Cherokee chief, owned 100 African slaves in the early 1800s. Cherokees were valuable allies of American slaveholders from at least the Yamasee War (1714) through the U.S. Civil War, when the Cherokees sided with the confederacy. Hand-colored lithograph from the McKenney-Hall History of the Indian tribes of North America (1858), after an 1825 painting by Charles Bird King.
Congratulations to Emma Swendsen who arrived in Tahlequah at our Capitol 6/07/14 after riding the northern route of the Trail of Tears on her half-Arabian half-Mustang, Flame. Her dog Rune accompanied them. Emma's total journey spanned more than 800 miles. The 17-year-old did the ride to raise awareness of the atrocities of the forced removals and violence against women.