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Friday, December 23, 2011

Reply to thormalen's negative comments regarding "his mother's people" the Cherokee:

On thread entitled "Native American History in New Mexico", in the Genealogy in North America forum, quoting 'thormalen' (ie. 'bad little Thor'):

"Thank you for that. You were right and it has an important message. The Pueblo Peoble are my heroes. My mother's people, the Cherokee, could have learned much from the Pueblo example."

[[Note: the Pueblos were cannibals; the Cherokee strictly forbade cannibalism. Also, thormalen made contact with me first through messenger.]]

I replied:

In defense of my people, the Cherokee; I quote from "The Life of John Sevier", by Francis Marion Turner (c1910 Neale Publishing, NY & Washington):

...one writer has said..."Such is their over-boiling revengeful temper, that they utterly contemn (sic) all those as imaginary trifles, if they are so happy as to get the scalps of the murderer or enemy, to satisfy the supposed craving ghost of their deceased relations. These characteristics, existing to a more or less degree in all Indians, were fully developed in the Cherokee and the Chickamauga.

"Intellectually, the Cherokee tribe was among the strongest of American tribes. We shall learn more of this tribe, and find that John Sevier was perhaps the only man on the frontier who could outgeneral its cunning warriors...

"...[after a battle of the French / Indian war (1754-1763), wherein the Cherokee had assisted the English to gain victory against Fort Duquesne (1758)]... The Indian warriors had lost many of their horses during the expedition, and as they were returning to their homes, they caught some horses running at large in Virginia.

The [offended Virginians] killed some of their warriors, [which infuriated the Cherokee, who then later (in 1760) laid vengeful siege on Fort Loudon, capturing it. The English military stationed there surrendered, after many days of being holed up inside the fort, eating their dogs & horses; but were massacred by the Cherokee anyway; & Fort Loudon was never used again for military purposes.

The Cherokee "made a fence of the bones of the dead white men left upon the plains after this terrible massacre."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Cherokee_War

http://books.google.com/books/reader?id=JMFEAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader  (chapter II)

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