Building One Fire Art and World View in Cherokee Life

ISBN-10: 1616589604
ISBN-13: 9781616589608
Authors: Chad Corntassel Smith, Rennard Strickland, Benny Smith, Chadwick Smith, Rennard Strickland
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InBuilding One Fire, Principal Chief of theCherokee Nation Chad Smith and renowned Cherokee-Osage scholar and author Rennard Strickland present a unique look at Cherokee artthrough the lens of Cherokee philosophy. Since the time when Water Spider brought the gift offire to the Cherokee people, the One Fire, “the Ancient Lady,” has been at the center of Cherokee spiritual life.From this fire, which represents community, thewhite smoke of prayer rises to Nitsudunvha, One Who is Always Above. In return Nitsudunvha sends to each person four sets of gifts with whichto develop mind, body, and spirit. These gifts are brought by four messengers, one from each of thecardinal directions. The gifts of…    

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The Cherokee people electedChadwick "Corntassel" Smithas Principal Chief in 1999. Principal Chief Smith has a rich family history of service to the Cherokee people. He is the great-grandson of Redbird Smith, a Cherokee patriot who fought against allotment of Cherokee lands at the time of the Dawes rolls. His grandmother, Rachel Quinton, was a life-long advocate for the Cherokee people. His father, the late Nelson Smith, was a respected industrial manager and his mother, Pauline Smith, still lives in Colcord. Smith?s late uncle, William Lee Smith, led the Keetoowah Society at the Stokes Stomp Grounds since the 50s.Smith holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Georgia;…    


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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: Cherokee Heritage Press Number of pages: 224 Dimensions: 9.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall Weight: 2.794 lbs. Language: English