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A Cherokee Feast of Days: Daily Meditations

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November 2003
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Council Oak Books; 1 edition

Joyce Sequichie Hifler writes about her own rich Cherokee heritage and that of other tribes. She is the author of an inspirational column Think on These Things. This book is an appreciated gift.

The one-paragraph daily meditations give insights and gems of native wisdom. This little (pocket-sized but thick) treasury is for readers of all faiths, and for those seeking faith. The Preface is “The American Indian loved a feast long before the Pilgrims came to dinner. When missionaries came to tell them about the crucified Jesus, the Chief stood up and said, ‘No! We did not do this thing! This Jesus sound like fine warrior. If He come to us, we ask him to sit down and feast with us.’ This [book] is an invitation to come sit down for the Feast of Days that begins every morning. When the sun breaks through the far side of the woods and sprays gold beneath ancient oaks, it is time to turn over a new leaf and celebrate a new beginning. The way of the Cherokee is to know the past is gone. Though a golden thread still links us to it in many ways, it no longer holds us captive, no longer keeps our feet on the Trail of Tears. We have new wisdom and understanding, and we dare to put down yesterday to reach for a new day. Whenever we sit with those who do not feast, we study to be quiet, take care of business, work with our hands and rejoice in our spirits. The best is yet to come.”

Here is a sample, Oct. 21: “We live with memories. Every day, in some way or other, we are influenced by something or someone from the past. A deep reservoir of feelings and emotions make us dedicated to preserve some of what was and is important and u wo du hi, beautiful. But this is a new day in which to renew. We have a purpose or we wouldn’t be here. Part of it is to make every hour count. We can’t kill time without hurting ourselves, without wasting something very precious. Events that leave us drained may be to put us in line to take hold of a whole new way of life. Life will not destroy the memories but will preserve them to serve as a foundation for greater things to come.” The Cherokee words and phrases (like u wo du hi, for beautiful) are phonemic translations by Joyce Sequichie Hifler from the Cherokee syllabary given to the Cherokee nation around 1821 by the famous Cherokee genius Sequoyah.

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