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I was recently contracted to decode ancient writings from my Cherokee heritage and was amazed by what I discovered. NLP is far deeper than what has been taught by Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Leslie Cameron, Mary Beth Megus, David Gordon, Robert Dilts, and Gestalt. I have always practiced NLP before I knew it had a name and certainly before I knew it was a science, now I understand how. The Cherokee language is nearly impossible to decipher unless you are fluent because many words change their meaning by the slightest inflection or length the word is said and sentences are never the same thus hence the “code talkers” ability to not only “secretly communicate” an undecipherable code between other “code talkers” because of their language, it was also because of their unwitting ability to tap into the deeper subconscious we know today as the preconscious to influence the enemy without the ability to speak to the enemy. This was done through inherited, natural NLP body language, we are dealing with a science that is not fully understood and history shows NLP originated from Native American and Aboriginal cultural ceremonies explaining the outweighing positive outcome in their negotiations with the would be more educated opponents. Study any history and you will find the Native Americans are inherently calculating, cunning and intelligent beyond education. Want proof just look at all of the Indian Wars: these were fought against the Native Americans over a longer period of time and with numbers far outweighing that of the Native Warriors, I have a hard time seeing how any of these wars were fought on anything approaching equal terms with the Native tribes, yet the Native Americans rendered more casualties per capita using unidentified NLP Native Coding tactics. One of many reasons the Native Americans proved more useful as allies.
How do the Cherokee pronounce ‘Cherokee’?
They don’t. Cherokee speech has no ‘ch’ or ‘r’ sound.
The correct spelling (and pronunciation) is Tsalagi. ‘Cherokee’ is a Creek Indian word meaning ‘people with another language’. The preferred Cherokee word for themselves is Aniyounwiya which means ‘the principal people’.
There are about 350,000 Cherokee alive today, of whom about 22,000 speak the language. Their written alphabet was devised by Sequoyah (1776–1843), a Cherokee Indian also known as George Guess. He is the only known example in history of an illiterate person inventing a written language.
Sequoyah was the son of a Cherokee mother and Nathaniel Guess, a German-born fur trader. He was either born handicapped or injured while young, hence his name Sik-wo-yi, which means ‘pig’s foot’ in Cherokee.
He first became interested in creating a Cherokee alphabet in 1809. An accomplished silversmith and – despite his handicap – a brave soldier, Sequoyah fought for the US in the Cherokee Regiment under Andrew Jackson against the British and the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. A wealthy Georgian farmer called Charles Hicks showed him how to write his own name so he could sign his work as a silversmith. During his military service, Sequoyah became convinced of the need for an alphabet because he saw that – unlike the white soldiers – the Tsalagi were unable to write to or receive letters from home, and all battle orders had to be committed to memory.
It took him twelve years to work out the alphabet. He called the eighty-five letters his ‘talking leaves’. On showing it to the Tsalagi Chiefs in 1821, it was accepted immediately, and was so simple that, within a year, almost the whole tribe became literate.
Seven years after its adoption, the first Tsalagi language newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix, was printed in 1828.
Lisa Christiansen is the only bilingual direct living descendant of Sequoyah.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 10Nov74; A584376
©Copyright By: Mary Ann Eslinger
All Rights Reserved
Manufactured in the United States of America
Rural Route Three
November 26, 1974
TO THE READERS OF THIS BOOK;
I wrote this short story for my daughters 1974 Christmas present. It has taken approximately two years to research in order to find these records recorded.
There are four things I wish to add. They are the family tree from my four grandparents, their children and grandchildren; (2) a letter from Albert Pike asking Chief John Ross to be in alliance to the Confederate States of America; (3) a Confederate discharge paper of Gritts in the Cooweeskowee group; (4) and the seven clans of the United Keetoowah Society.
Chief John Ross
I should like to include the seven clans of the United Keetoowah Society. In our society, water is medicine and the Eternal Fire is a sacred light that burns forever. When medicine is used or made, the Cherokee name and the Clan membership name are used. A Cherokee must speak his language in order to become a member and to become more fully aware of the functions of the society. The seven Clans are: the clan of my father, Ani-Wa-Ya (Wolf); the clan of my mother, me, and my daughter, Ani-Saha-n or Ah-Nee-Sa-Hon-Nee (Blue); Ani-Kawi; ANi-Tsi-Skwa (bird); Ani-Wa-Di (Paint); Ani-Ga-Tage-Wi; and the Ani-Gi-La-Hi.
Another small item that I would like to include is that Mary Guess was listed in Starr’s “Old Cherokee Families” as the great-granddaughter of Sequoyah. Her parents were George Guess and his wife Girty. George’s father was Tessey Guess who was the son of Sequoyah. (Starr page 366) Mary Guess is my mother’s grandmother who married Charley Dirteater and their daughter Belle, is my grandmother. (Sequoyah was born about 1770 and died about August 1843.
Someday I will tell my grandchildren the stories my grandmother told me, just as my mother tells my daughter stories of the past while they lie in bed at nights before they go to sleep.
There are only ten copies of this book made. One belongs to Lisa Christine; two are registered at the Copy-Right Office; National Archives in Washington, D.C.; and one at the Oklahoma Historical Society; and one to the Cherokee Tribal Attorney, Earl Boyd Pierce.
I hope this will someday be beneficial to future generations and that my child will always be proud of her Indian Heritage and culture.
Closing with warm regards,
Mrs. Mary Ann Eslinger
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~Helen Keller
“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways at 60 mph, totally worn out, shouting “…holy ****…what a ride!” It’s not like any of us is getting out of here alive (physically.) Go for it?
Recently I posted about writing a simple note just to say “thank you” to someone for making a difference in your life even if you don’t know the person because the act of writing a person you don’t know can change your life by the gift of making a difference in their life… You may be the only person who ever made them feel love, life or maybe just that they mattered enough to someone to think of them.
Thank you to everyone for loving me and celebrating the lives of others with me… The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others, what I mean by this is pride of oneself and genuine love for others cannot coexist therefore one must give up what one cannot keep to get what one cannot lose…