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Sep 27

Native American Day

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Tah-Chee, A Cherokee Chief
Albert Newsam, 1842
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"May the Warm Winds of Heaven Blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit Bless all who enter there. May your Moccasins Make happy tracks in many snows, and may the Rainbow Always touch your shoulder."

~ Cherokee Blessing

The Cherokee are one of the indigenous peoples of the Southeastern Woodlands of America.  Prior to the 18th century, they were concentrated in what is now southwestern North Carolina, southeastern Tennessee, and the tips of western South Carolina and northeastern Georgia. This tartan was presented to the Cherokee tribe (also known as Echota and Chickamauga) by Scottish Heritage USA at Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina in 1996.

Native American Day is a holiday in the states of California and Nevada celebrated annually on the fourth Friday of September, as well as in South Dakota on the second Monday in October in lieu of Columbus Day. It honors Native American cultures and contributions to their respective states and the United States.  The state of Tennessee observes a similar American Indian Day each year on the fourth Monday of September.

Designed by Phil Smith in 1995, this was the winning design of 12 entries for a tartan to be presented to the Cherokee tribe (Echota and Chickamauga are alternative names the tribe uses) by Scottish Heritage USA at Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina in 1996.

The Cherokee  are one of the indigenous peoples of the Southeastern Woodlands.  Prior to the 18th century, they were concentrated in what is now southwestern North Carolina, southeastern Tennessee, and the tips of western South Carolina and northeastern Georgia.

In the 18th century, traders and British government agents dealing with the southern tribes in general, and the Cherokee in particular, were nearly all of Scottish ancestry, with many documented as being from the Highlands.

 

A few were Scots-Irish, English, French, and German.  Many of these men married women from their host peoples and remained after the fighting had ended. Some of their descendants would later become significant leaders among the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast.

Notable traders, agents, and refugee Tories among the Cherokee included John Stuart, Henry Stuart, Alexander Cameron, John McDonald, John Joseph Vann (father of James Vann), Daniel Ross (father of John Ross), John Walker Sr., John McLemore (father of Bob), William Buchanan, John Watts (father of John Watts Jr.), John D. Chisholm, John Benge (father of Bob Benge), Thomas Brown, John Rogers (Welsh), John Gunter (German, founder of Gunter's Landing), James Adair (Irish), William Thorpe (English), and Peter Hildebrand (German), among many others.

 

Some attained the honorary status of minor chiefs and/or members of significant delegations.

Visit the online Museum of the Cherokee Indian here.

And or an interesting article titled "The Mystery that Shows a Mutual Respect Between Native Americans and The Scots" click the Cherokee Chief, Tah-Chee, from a portrait by lithographer Albert Newsam, 1842.