From the Author
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.