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    I was told by my father that my great great grandmother was Cherokee. Know I beleive that the Cherokee are a Matriarical tribe. So I don't know where I would stand with my native blood being passed on by my father. He told me her last name was Green and that she was a princess. but that was all he could tell me.

    Before I had ever met my father. Whenever I heard drums played at Powwows or seeing anything Native my heart would soar. I could not keep my foot still when I hear the drums. It was as if my blood was trying to tell me that I belong. Wasn't till my father that he could tell me who I belonged to.

    When I used to live in Michigan I and my ex would go to the Mirion(I probably spelt it wrong) Powwow. I would dance a shawl dance and dance with the Veterans cause I am one from Iraq(2004). Now I know that the men are able to wear certain feathers which includes eagle. Now being that I am female amd I only limited to certain feathers? Which means am I not alowed to wear feathers that only Veterans alowed to wear?


    Please can anyone point me in the right way.

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    NyxInTime hello and welcomed to powwows.com you are at the right place after discovering your history i know the joy of that too,thank you for serving this country too,

    there are meny threads here about the Cherokee im not by blood so i have not studied much but there are some general rules to follow .one that i learned is that if you don't have a card and go to powwows the FBI or some other law enforcer will take your feathers and a possible fine and jail time ,,if the feathers you have are eagle hawk
    owl, painted feathers are ok or fake ,
    and also i found that if there has been a gape in the line it some times gets blurred and i would advise for you to start over by finding a group of ppl that are reputable and start learning alto the ppl loved family dearly i don't think princess were part of the Cherokee life. sooo in time you can understand how to honer you family that you come from and maybe get permission to dance with the ppl you respect
    have a wonderful day
    Last edited by 2lineCarrandMorgan; 08-05-2009, 06:29 AM.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass..It's about learning to dance in the rain. for me and the wolf

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    • #3
      Well I just want to add my two cents worth on this. If you are gifted or even earned a feather you should be proud to wear it no matter what! I wish you lots of fun and luck in your path, may you find all the answers you are searching for! You can wear the feathers in many ways, earrings, hair ties even hair extensions!
      I make earrings from all the bird feathers I get up here!
      Then again I tend to make all kinds of things with feathers!!!! LOL have a great adventure on your dancing wings!
      Listen to my heart, not just my mouth! The most powerfull thing we can do is,,,share,,, if we don't it dies with us.

      It is the year of the bear, I am sharpening my claws and will no longer tollerate harrassment.

      Born in Winnipeg raised in the Pikwakanagan, Deutschland was never home! Army brat that had no choice in a parents duties to home and country. I Too Serve our flag and work for the uniform.
      Stand behind our troops or stand IN FRONT of them.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tibiki Kinew View Post
        Well I just want to add my two cents worth on this. If you are gifted or even earned a feather you should be proud to wear it no matter what! I wish you lots of fun and luck in your path, may you find all the answers you are searching for! You can wear the feathers in many ways, earrings, hair ties even hair extensions!
        I make earrings from all the bird feathers I get up here!
        Then again I tend to make all kinds of things with feathers!!!! LOL have a great adventure on your dancing wings!
        This advice may get people into hot water here in the United States

        The laws regarding Feathers are very specific and can get a person into some serious legal problems in the United States

        I have posted alot of information regarding this issue

        Eagle Feathers from the Bald and Golden Eagle have specific rules and if you do not have a permit or the person giving you the feather does not have a permit you are in violation of the law

        Other kinds of feathers such as Hawk,Owl and others are also protecting under migrating Bird act

        So My advice before you bring that feather into public is to determine what it is
        Then go to the Fish and Wildlife website and READ!!!
        U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Home


        As for Cherokee Women its not common to wear feathers such as the plains tribes veteran or otherwise


        As far as tracing Names
        The last name Green is not much to go on during the time of removal there were some 16000 that were removed and another 20000 or more that already lived in Indian territory.

        At the time it was not common for Cherokees to have Sir-names and I know of no listing for Princesses

        You will need more information like first name or trace back through parents to grandparents and then great grandparents
        There is alot of information on the Net that can help you and if you are willing to spend 20 bucks you can go on ancestor.com and you might surprised what you find....
        Last edited by Josiah; 08-05-2009, 12:28 PM.
        ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
        Till I Die!

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        • #5
          As for Cherokees
          Women do not wear Feathers
          Veteran or otherwise[/QUOTE]


          Don't the princesses?

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          • #6
            Good luck in your search.

            But the name green is not specifically Cherokee. It can be from any background.

            As for last names, again, if it comes from a Cherokee word, then you might have something. I have a friend who's Cherokee right on the res and his last name is a very rare one, but it's not from a Cherokee word. He asked me about his last name 'cause he had been contacted by some with the same last name and they were several states away. Luckily I had already found the info and then I shared it with him. They had the same last name, and yet were not related at all in anyway.

            So it's not just a last name that you need to look for. You need a first nama, birthdate, sometimes parents names and on like that. Just a last name doesn't really give you much to go on at all.

            And Josiah's right about Eagle Feathers. In Canada things are very different. But here you really hve to be careful and follow the law or you will get into big trouble.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Iowa_Boy View Post


              Don't the princesses?
              No just crowns made from copper
              ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
              Till I Die!

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