Day 3—Cherokee Indian Festivals. March—The First New Moon of Spring August—The Green Corn Dance September—The Ripe Corn Ceremony Fall—Friendship Ceremony or Atohuna Lasted 7 days and nights. There were dances every night. “The Booger Dance” was especially enjoyed by the children.
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Lasted 7 days and nights.
There were dances every night.
“The Booger Dance” was especially
enjoyed by the children.
Web site for more information about Booger Dance.
Uktena -- the great feathered serpent who terrorized the Cherokee people in ancient times and has been forever immortalized as the Cherokee Dragon. This mask is made of gourd, turkey feathers, deer antlers, rawhide and natural Blood Root dye and can be view at the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa Oklahoma.
Snake Mask -- Gourd mask with natural Black Walnut and Blood Root Dye with rawhide hair.
Thunderbird Spirit Mask
Thunderbird loved humans and felt as a protectorate towards humans.It was believed long ago that the thunderbird took human form at times when humans were in great need of guidance. Disguised as a warrior or elder thunderbird would come from out of the woods, give his advice and then go back into the forest and disappear
The wild woman of the woods depicted here with closed eyes and open mouth. The wild woman of the woods legend kept children inside the longhouse at night. The wild woman was told to look in the forest at night in the woods for lost children from the villages.
This mask depicts the frog transforming in to a human form. Among the Northern Tribes frog is a clan symbol and is highly respected as a guardian symbol which is why frog adorns so may totems.
Copper was a rare and highly valuable metal to our native people. This eagle is painted in copper to show how much the eagle is revered as a spiritual symbol, and how much that this bird enriches our lives that it is as prized as the valuable copper.
Spirit of Whale Hunter
Ceremonial and decorative Northwest Coast masks from Haida, Salish, and Nootka Indian carvers.
Ancestors Dream Mask
Thunderbird Moon Mask
Female Moon Mask
“Sonoqua” Wild Women
Northwest Coast masks and war helmets carved by a Tlingit artist.
Wild Women of Vancouver
Raven Portrait Mask
Copper Mountain Lover Mask
Tlingit Human Mask
Bear Clan Dancer