That is, before I started school. Once I began learning with the WHITES, all the fancy beadwork disappeared, and I was forbidden to wear any of it in Public. I had to be WHITE, now. And I always wondered why I had to put WHITE on all the school forms, when all my older relatives told me we were Cherokee? (Weren't we suppose to respect our elders?)
Well, in any case, putting the following article together, brought back many childhood memories.
Now finding Old Cherokee Beadwork is next to impossible. The best we can do, is find descriptions of it in older texts.
Now, the single EYE was usually a sign and symbol of GOD, especially if it was in the Black and White color scheme.
In addition to the square eye (which signalled that the person or being behind it was looking directly at you), eyes were also made in spirals--and that the direction that the spiral opened, was the the direction that the person or being was looking towards.
Morevoer, good thoughts (and "love") were expressed by the eye looking up, whereas bad thoughts (and "anger") were expressed by the eye looking down (i.e. "evil eye").
Yellow eyes were used for cats and most animals.
Green eyes were used for reptiles and most fish.
However, of recent date, I haven't seen much of this kind of Old Cherokee patterns being used in current beadwork art. Perhaps now that we have dug it up, and uncovered it, more artists will be inspired to use these pictorgrams.
Now, by Mediavel Cherokee Times, the wooden pillars had long since rotted away. (And, apparently, the people were not so moral then, either?) But for me, my greatest loss is that no description of the symbols on those pillars has yet to be found. For, could it be, just by chance, that those figures were VIKING RUNES? For the Vikings wrote in stick figures on wood (hence many of their written works have long since rotted away). And, if such a find could be made, it would more than CONFIRM what we have long figured to be the Truth--that the Vikings founded the Old Cherokee Nation.
In any case, this would make a good tale to be told by these bead panels--perhaps in a bracelet or belt or headband? (For, just as Jews wore a ribbon or stripe of blue in their garments to remind them of the 10 Commandments, and that they are to keep them DAILY, we, as Cherokee could use a good daily reminder, too--that we could look at every now and then, and remember that God is looking down on us, so that we should do what HE has told us to.)
While not documented, it is reasonably assumed that the Great Spirit (or Holy Ghost) was depicted by the use of 7 eye panels put together (even as the Holy Scrpitures represents HIM by the number 7). This would be the Old Cherokee U-Sqa-Hu-Lau or as Pocahontas would say: THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE WIND. And while it could be depicted of all Black and White Eyes (looking in differing directions--as God is ALL Seeing), it could be also seen with eyes in differing colors (like the spectrum of a rainbow).
(Moreover, I must confess that I think my own personal fascination with the Old Cherokee SNOWFLAKE symbol is that it bears a striking resemblance to VIKING RUNES! See Our Page on the SNOWFLAKE ART.)
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1. Much of the information on the Early or Mediavel Cherokee comes from the book THE CHEROKEE PEOPLE--The Story of the cherokee People, from Earlest Origins to Contemporary Times; by Thomas Mails, published by the Council Oak Books of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1992 (where Payne, Adair, Butrick, and Haywood are extensively quoted).
2. Supplemental information supporting Mail's work may be found in HISTORY OF THE CHEROKEE INDIANS and Their Legends and Folk Lore; by Emmet Starr which was orginally published in Oklahoma City in 1921 but was reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland in 2004.
3. Several other modern books on the Cherokee give mysterious hints and clues to this hidden Hebrew-Viking-Cherokee origination.
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