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The Cherokee Clans are unique, not paralleled in any other tribes.  Handed down in strict matrilinear fashion, each person's clan is the same as the mother's.
There used to be strict prohibitions against marrying  within it. The Seven are Wolf (Ani-Wahiya), Bird (Ani-Tsiskwa), Deer (Ani-Kawi), Twister (Ani-Gilohi), Wild Potato (Ani-Gotegewi), Panther (Ani-Sahoni) and Paint (Ani-Wodi).  Although sometimes combined with the Panther Clan, the Bear Clan is usually ignored in the scheme.
Suppressed by the reforms of affluent half-breed planters following the death of Dragging Canoe in 1792, the Cherokee clans and their secrets went underground, so that by the twentieth century, few Cherokees, even full bloods, knew much about them.
If you are a Cherokee descendant, you have a clan. Are you from the Teachers? The Warriors? The clan of the peace chiefs? The speakers, singers and dancers? The "Terrible Ones"?
I am Paint Clan and have assembled in these notes the first book-length treatment of a lost social order and ancient identity.

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On the cover:  Paint Clan mask, carved from buckeye wood, hardened with fire, painted with organic and mineral paints and covered with bee's-wax by Virgil Crowe, who single-handedly revived the Cherokee Paint Clan way of making masks. Crowe made this mask as a demonstration of his mask-making art in 1990, Cherokee, North Carolina. The divided colors represent the choice of a warrior or one confronted by a warrior between life (red, the color of the Paint Clan) and death (black).  Red and black can also be interpreted as the colors of the East (the source of life) and West (place where the ancestors live, Elohi), as well as the colors of the two paint clans, Ani-Wodi and Ani-Sahoni. Private Collection.

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  • Publisher: Panther's Lodge; 2 edition (April 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2013
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  • Language: English
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJ on March 27, 2014
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The cover of Cherokee Clans is intriguing. The Paint Clan Mask was made from a Mask Making Demonstration in 1990 Cherokee, NC by Virgil Crowe. An Explanation of the representation of the Mask is back of the Title Page. This is an interesting signature for the book. In the book, Donald Panther-Yates unmasks a lost history of the Clan as well as
A retrieval of the system like the lost art.

Yates also tells the Story of the Sacred Dog. Off Interstate 40 near Crossville, TN, I have seen the marker for Monterey. I wondered why a Hispanic sounding name is located in TN. I didn’t follow my urge to explore. I should have it is home to the Standing Stone Monument in Monterey Park where just a remainder of the Sacred Dog Granite Statue remains. A Picture is in the book. If you want to find out about the Cherokee Flood story and why the Cherokee like to live in the Mountains read the Book.

The 7 main Clans of the Cherokee are discussed in the book with their history and representation of the totems strengths and virtues. A short genealogy of the Wolf Clan is presented along with a picture (from a Painting ) of Attakullakulla the authors forebears.
I think the book is a nice one to have to learn about a cultural practice that had since been banned so that many Cherokee did not know their Clan History any longer. I hope they can retrieve their lost heritage from these notes.

To learn more Cherokee History, Also read Old Souls in a New World :The Secret History of the Cherokee Indians also by Donald N. Yates.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wilkes on April 29, 2013
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The legendary origin of the galquogi itsuniyvwi (Seven Clans) has been a subject of speculation and dispute for generations. The Clan system allowed for checks and balances to restrict the power of the larger clans. Even the number and true names of the various clans has been disputed, with numbers ranging from five to over forty.

Into this turgid flow Dr. Yates brings his own perspective and linguistic background, opening some new avenues for research in an easy to follow, non-academic writing style. The origin of the Cherokee people, and whether there actually WAS an identifiable Cherokee identity before 1718. Dr. Yates takes it a step farther, by showing possible links for Cherokee terms in South American, Eastern Mediterranean, and Polynesian languages. Legends of an ocean migration and an original home across the seas, to which the Cherokee will someday return, are a continuing source of fascination to researchers, and Dr. Yates is clearly no exception.

Old World Roots of the Cherokee: How DNA, Ancient Alphabets and Religion Explain the Origins of America's Largest Indian Nation
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on February 28, 2014
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It is okay, but don't expect too much from it. It is very thin and only gives a limited amount of information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Lightwalker on September 21, 2014
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Not a lot of depth to this booklet, I knew as much as the book said
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jan on April 29, 2013
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Dr. Yates once again writes in interesting and engaging form about the origins and meanings of the Tsalagi clans system. He does so with educational, personal and anthropological insight which is unique to Dr. Yates' background in groundbreaking DNA/scientific and anthropologic genealogy. In this book unfolds a perspective unique to Dr. Yates' available style of writing in addition to a depth of information I have not found to date. Even if you are not Cherokee, should you have interest in Native Clan systems. this is a must read. The clans systems of Native tribes are predicated on different meaning and symbology across North American and Dr. Yates has accomplished a well studied history and explanation of the Cherokee Clan system in this book. Get it- you will not be disappointed. (this review is by a Native American)
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Educate ! Pride ! Speak with Wisdom !.......peace & love
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