Hezekiah Garrett has been posting comments here for some time, and now he has a blog. Hezekiah is a Chickamauga Indian, a Cherokee who grew up in southern Appalachia, a descendent of Cherokees who hid in the mountains to avoid the mass deportation to Oklahoma that became the Trail of Tears. One of his first posts is part one of a primer on Cherokee religion.
This interests me for a number of reasons. First, I have been interested in American Indians since boyhood and have read a good bit about the myriad native tribes and their cultures.
And it interests me because my bride is part Cherokee. Her Cherokee blood comes by way of her paternal grandmother, who bore the Scots name of Erskine. Michelle was born in West Virginia, and while just about everyone I know from West Virginia claims Cherokee blood, in her case it is credible: there is her coal black hair and dark eyes, and the fact that many men in the Erskine line are dark haired and many cannot grow a beard.
The post on Hezekian’s blog is an inside look, from the oral tradition of his People, at the history of Cherokee faith. I found it fascinating, and you can read it here: http://hezekiahgarrett.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/a-primer-on-cherokee-religion/