S: Growing up Cherokee
BC: The End
FC: Growing up Cherokee | By: Kadisia,Jasmine,and Tyler
1: Kamal was a 4th grade boy who attended Big Rich Elementary school in Houston, Texas.
2: One day at school Kamal was in history class and his teacher, Mr. Williams, was telling the class that there was Cherokee reservation in Texas and that Cherokee Indians once lived in Houston. The students went in awe and the bell rang to go home.
3: Kamal went home and told his mom, Len, about the exciting things that he learned at school.
4: He told his mom that Cherokee Indians once lived in Houston and that there was a Cherokee Reservation in Texas. Len told Kamal that he was part Cherokee.
5: Len began to tell him that the Cherokee Indians lived in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. In which they moved into the area, how known as present day South Carolina, Tennessee, Northern Georgia, and Alabama
6: They lived in villages along river banks. Each village had a council house which was a large, circular, windowless, building of ten built on mound. In the winter the family moved to a smaller round, windowless house. They made benches for their homes.
7: She also told him that there was a famous Indian American named Sequoya born in 1770 and died in 1843. Each village had two chiefs. White chief lead in times of peace; red chief lead in times of war.
8: The garden we have in the background is inspired by the Cherokees and that we grow beans, squash, corn, wild onions, greens, mushrooms,, beans, grapes, and nuts.
9: The Cherokee also hunted deer, mainly bear, buffalo, squirrel, rabbit, possum, and elk. As Kamal smiled in awe, his dad walked in on the exciting history lesson.
10: His dad, Chane, began to tell Kamal that they had seasonal festivals including Buck or Green corn Ceremony when corn crop ripened.
11: Len walked over to the dinning table and pointed out that the basket made by her grandmother,who is full Cherokee, had made drums, rattles, and pottery.
12: She then explained that the women's dresses were made of deerskin with long fringed petticoats underneath and rubbed their hair with bear grease and red or yellow dust.
13: As Kamal went into disgust with asking, what is bear grease, his mom said that the men's loin cloth was made of deer skin in summer. She added that they wore leggings, shirts, and robes in the winter. They also decorated they're bodies in colorful tattoos or paint.
14: "See Kamal? Things were different then," exclaimed his dad, "The men made tomahawks, blowguns, as well as candles, house frames and roofs. Len paused as Chane went on, and she said after, "Kamal, most of the things they made back then we don't have to make now and you should appreciate your ancestors."
15: The next day, Kamal went to school and told Mr. Williams the exciting news of being part Cherokee and told the students that currently there are 308,000 Cherokee Indians in the United States and that he and his family happen to be a small percent of that group.