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Wild Onions and Cherokee Traditions

  Cherokee Citizens are wild about wild onions. Not only are wild onions a traditional food, they are one of the first green foods to emerge from the ground. Wild Onions and other wild alliums such as wild leeks and wild garlic are found throughout the continent of North American. Which means that they could be found anywhere Cherokees traveled.  There is a variety of wild onion for just about every climate and environment. As the name implies they grow wild and you can find them just about anywhere, from lawns to edges of fields, even in your garden beds. If you aren’t sure where to find them just follow some dairy cows.They will find them for you. Ask Lisa...

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What is the Cherokee Copper Secret Sale?

  The Secret Sale is something special we do for our email subscribers. It is a sale that can only be accessed from a link. You won’t find it on our website. From time to time we scour the studio looking for lost treasures. What do you mean lost treasures?  If you have ever sewed or been a crafter you know how easy it is to buy all the pretty things. We admit we have done that a time or too with gemstones. We bought them because they were pretty with no idea of what we were going to do. We have been slowly clearing those out of the studio and giving them to Moriah to design beautiful pieces. Our...

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History of Cherokee Gorgets.

    Today I would like to tell you a little about the gorget- the history behind it, and the importance of it in our collections. The art of the gorget is an enduring practice, and we'd love to show you why we love them! Originally, before the Europeans arrived, gorgets were made of shells. Carved with icons, symbols, highlighted with pigments, and even pierced, these shell gorgets were a symbol of status, amulets of protection, and overwhelmingly, a beautifully crafted adornment. The history of shell gorgets can be traced back to 200 BCE., but when the settlers arrived, the Native American's gorgets began to change.  Stemming from the French word gorge, for the throat, these pieces are reminiscent of...

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How Do You Say I Love You In Cherokee?

  How do you say "I Love You" in Cherokee? The phrase "I Love You" means so much more in Cherokee than it does int English. There is no direct translation of those words from English to Cherokee. For most people the words "I love you" means a romantic love.  The meaning is much deeper in Cherokee. The words in Cherokee mean so much more. The Cherokee meaning of love means - I will give up my comfort so that you will be comfortable, I will give up eating so that you may have food. The deepest meaning of I love you in Cherokee is that I will give up my life for you.  Who do you know that loves...

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