Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April Flowers

Osiyo, digusdi!
It's good (to be with you), cousins!

Ko'iga tsoine-iga, kawoni igvgai.
Today is Third Day (Tuesday), April first.

Ko'iga atsilvsgi-iga, dohiyi gesesdi.
Today is a Flower day, may there be peace and harmony.

It's the month of blooming flowers, and here in west Kentucky, what trees remain after the devastating winter storm are sprouting blossoms.

It's fitting that the first day of the flowering month should also have the day-sign Flower.
This is the final sign of twenty, and is considered to hold in its blossom the seeds of the next twenty-day cycle.

The Elders have asked us to mark each Flower Day with additional prayers for peace, healing , and reconciliation.

A quick scan of the recent news reveals an alarming rise in mass murders here in the US.

One stressor has to be the economic uncertainty, even panic, in many homes.

To help, "Speak Cherokee" will continue it's family member special: If you are subscribed for the course, a family member can join you, complete the tests and eventually receive a certificate of completion. We already Have one husband and wife team taking advantage of this.

By The Way: The Cherokee word for money, adelv, originally referred to beadwork sections or 'wampum' formerly used for exchange.

CONGRATULATIONS to Van Bevil of Alabama. After a week in the course, he aced the first test. He's also an amazing talent as an artist and craftsman, and we may be showing you some of his work shortly.

Another one of the students, Edinburgh-based singer Talitha Mackenzie, has scheduled appearances here in the US starting in late spring... we'll have details.

LAST CHANCE: The 2009 Cherokee Calendar will remain on sale for instant download only until Tuesday, April 7.
It's a great way to become familiar with the names of the months, days, and day-signs.

And remember, there's more on the blog:

To all

PS: Ever notice how some men in the South or Southwest address each other as "Goose"? Strange nickname?
Not really. Look at my opening line. Digusdi is plural for gusdi, "cousin". Since the final vowels are often dropped, it sounds more like "goosd". It's old Cherokee custom to address a Cherokee you've never met before as cousin, to acknowledge some possibility of blood kinship. It simply sounds like the English word for a big loud bird.

Until next time!

Brian Wilkes

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