[Homestead] Indians ; Homesteading and beyond ... was Corn Fed
lurine at com-pair.net
Wed Jan 7 13:33:48 EST 2009
O.K., don't anyone get their bloomers in a bunch or anything, but whenever I
see that I have to laugh. There's a story told in my little corner of the
world about an old auntie who had a young man come to her and tell her he
was "part Indian" and she asked him what part. And, since we're talking
about the Cherokee, here's a Cherokee poem that addresses this also:
I BE TSALAGI!!
This morning I looked in the mirror,
I stared intensely at what I saw,
Trying to figure out if it was
My eyes, my nose or my jaw.
Maybe it's my ears, I thought,
or maybe it's my chin,
I'm sure that I will figure out
what is my "part' that is Indian.
Maybe it's my arms, or hands
or some little internal gland,
I sure hope I can soon find out
what "part" is Indian.
You see to some that means a lot
to them it's a big deal,
So maybe it's my knees or toes
or maybe my left heel.
But, you see, I don't understand
what this "part" stuff means,
Because in my heart I know
just who and what I be.
That from the top ofmy Tsalagi head,
to the tip of my Tsalagi toes,
With every beat of my Tsalagi heart
Every fiber of me knows
That it is not the "degree of blood"
That makes me what I be.
It is the spirit of Tsalagi
that dwells within, you see.
So with every breath I take
I'm as sure as I can be that.....
I BE TSALAGI!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "bobf" <bobford79 at yahoo.com>
>I don't know, but I can see, after thinking for a second or so, why the
>term I used would not be acceptable. Since he probably looks white, I
>would say maybe "half Cherokee" ?
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