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The Wolf You Feed - Which Wolf Will You Feed?

You probably already know about the symbolism of yin and yang - the two opposing sides of life that balance each other but have you heard the Cherokee version of this philosophy? The Cherokee story features two wolves that at first appear to be in opposition to each other but a deeper reading reveals more about the duality of the wolves inside of us.  Even if you know the story of the Wolf You Feed it is important to re-read it as it delivers new wisdom each time.  The first time we read this story we realized the importance of not feeding the dark wolf but we neglected to feed the light wolf.  As you read this story, read it...

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The Story of the Pinetree and the Sparrow

  Today I would like to share with you the story of the Pinetree and the Sparrow.  Back when the world was young and all of the animals and trees could talk to each other winter was coming. The Sparrow was injured and was not strong enough to fly away, so he sent his family on to the Southern regions and decided to stay behind and heal. Injured he knew he would not survive the winter without shelter. So he asked the trees for help. Sparrow went from tree to tree asking them to shelter him in the cold months. One by one they gave him excuses and refused to give him shelter. There was only one tree left, the...

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Sequoyah and The Talking Leaves

  Today I would like to tell you the story of Sequoyah, also known as George Guess.  Though he never went to school he was a man of intelligence and many talents. Raised by a single mother he learned how to run a store at a young age. In later years he learned both blacksmithing and silversmithing, but that is not what he is best known for.  Sequoyah noticed that the white men who came to his store communicated with "taking leaves". As a businessman he knew what an advantage that was. At the time there was no written language for the Cherokee. Language. Around 1809 Sequoyah set upon the task of changing that. At first he thought we would...

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The Water Spider or the Story of the First Fire

          In Cherokee Creation stories the story fo the The water spider is often called the Story fo the First Fire. These storeis are woven together  In the begining all of the animals  lived together in harmony on an island and when it rained they were wet and cold. The animals were cold so the bear had called a council and gathered all the animals, birds, and insects to discuss how they could keep from freezing in the winter. Many ideas were passed back and forth some suggested maybe we should get the sun to come out of the sky. Nothing was resolved, and so taking a break the animals walked out of the council house. A...

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The Etowah Story

  Etowah is an opportunity for us to be the keepers of the story.  Etowah is who we are and where we come from, both literally and figuratively. We carry the spirit of those who lived in this little one room schoolhouse town. We carry the spirit of those hard-working men who built houses of logs and of those brave women who were stalked by mountain lions.  We drew our inspiration for The Etowah Collection from the stories we have and the people we knew. We only wish we had more stories. It is our job to keep these stories and pass them down as a legacy to future generations.  Won’t you go with us in Etowah as we take...

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