It’s Katrina here! I just wanted to share with you a little Native American Culture. I have Native American heritage in my background. Some of my ancestors walked on the “Trail of Tears”. Below is a map from the National Parks Service that I found. It shows that the trail went thru nine states. It is so hard to summarize this historical event. I found this on Wikipeidia that seemed to sum it up the best:
The Trail of Tears was the relocation and movement of Native Americans, including many members of the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, and Choctaw nations among others in the United States, from their homelands to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in the Western United States. The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831. Many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation while en route to their destinations, and many died, including 4,000 of the 15,000 relocated Cherokee.
Now, I do not “look” Native American, but it is part of my heritage. My mother has always made sure to include that heritage in my life. We belong to a local Indian Club, my Aunt has done research on our bloodlines, etc. As a child I was given an Indian name by the “elders”. The name I was given was Ta La Du ( I think it’s spelled right!). Sounds lyrical, right?! Well, I was then told it’s English translation was “Cricket”! As a child, I was not happy, since my cousin got the name Yellow Butterfly. But as an adult, I can totally see why they gave me that name! (I kind of chirp a lot….well TALK a lot!)
This summer, my mother was given the honor of being Pow Wow Princess. It is considered an honor to be asked. Members of the club contribute in making or giving items for her to wear and have during the Pow Wow. The fan pictured above was from one of the elders of our club that gave me my name. I asked what kind of feathers, and everyone believed they were from a turkey. The blanket you see above was on a bench that surrounded the dancing ring. Pow Wows are a celebration of Native American culture and a time for tribes to come together, socialize, dress in costume and interact with other tribes.
Here is a picture of my mom! I was so proud of her. It was so very hot and that costume had YARDS of fabric!!!!
And my Aunt beaded that headband. Those beads are so so tiny…..but she did an awesome job!
Remember to embrace all parts of your heritage. I am so happy that I have these pictures and memories to scrapbook. Scrapbooking has taught me to enjoy and remember everything…no matter how big, how small, or how different you may be from someone else. That is what makes you an individual person and it is something everyone should cherish!!!
I hope you enjoyed my post and learning a little about Native American culture.
Have a Scrappy Kinda Day!!~~Katrina