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Today being a fairly nice day, not too hot, not raining yet, I went to my son's and resumed my chopping down of all the trees and plants he doesn't want. Made decent progress; more to do next week. One day a week is about all I can do. Chopping down and up is hard work!

Still going thru my vacation pics, with an eye to shutting down the laptop when I've posted them all. (Dang, I take a lot of pics)!

Here's our visit to the Indian town of Cherokee, N.C. ......

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This is what the written Cherokee language looks like
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My honey and his bear
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3 ways to say the same thing
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I have a bear almost exactly like this standing in our living room
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There were bespoke bear sculptures all around the town..
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This is the Pottery Bear
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Note the pipe and the Cherokee turban; old way of dress
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An Eastery Cherokee man. We have visited both the Western and the Eastern Cherokee reservations. The Eastern are much more into the world of today. But their language is still spoken; there is a billboard in Cherokee which says "Have you spoken Cherokee to a child today?" I'm glad that we (as conquerors) were not able to eliminate the language.

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So they have some sort of connection with bears in particular?

I'm thinking probably the fact that the bear is a powerful symbol of strength and cunning. Plus, it was eaten by Indians and the fat and hide were put to good use; robes,cooking, bear grease for the body and hair in winter. Not sure if it's eaten these days; bears have a lot of trouble maintaining themselves due to habitat loss.

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