Cheyenne

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Granddaddy.  Can't you just see the Indian Spirit?
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Our Cherokee heritage comes from both sides of Mom’s lineage.

I remember sitting on the floor in front of Granddaddy’s favorite chair, as he told me the story of the Indian that circled his property nightly, in a dance of protection.

I’d only met Granddaddy once. Grandmama would periodically fein a heart attack in order to bring her ten children from all corners of the country, when she got lonesome for her kin.

I know I’d spent time with mom’s folks prior to that particular “heart attack” in 1965, but this visit was particularly memorable.

Before I get into my story, picture this: two adults, two children and a Great Dane travelling from Philadelphia to Kennett, Missouri in a light blue convertible MG. Pray it didn’t rain, because Zorba wouldn’t fit in the car with the top up!



What a ride!

Crossing the Mississippi River from Memphis to Kennett on a ferry was an adventure for an eight year old girl. Not to mention the unlit, single lane dirt roads with river on either side. Kinda scary with a Philly boy behind the wheel!

Anyway, once in Kennett, life as we knew it changed, even if only for a bit. In retrospect, I think it changed all of us for life. Dad, the city boy, greeted all he met, when walking through town, with a heart-felt “howdy!”. Missouri folk are a friendly sort and that friendliness permeates your soul.

Unfortunately, Mom was bedridden most of our visit with a debilitating sinus condition, so Granddaddy took over and showed us kids our heritage.

Granddaddy was known in Kennett as “The Gentleman Farmer”. He’d hand-plow his vegetable fields wearing neatly pressed navy blue pants, a starched white shirt, tie and a navy blue hat. Gentemen always wore hats.

But, when the sun went down, he’d spin his stories about the injun who protected his house. He’d say, “Come here, Cheyenne, let me tell you a story”. Mind you, my name is not Cheyenne and he wasn’t senile! Granddaddy brought me into our Cherokee heritage with that acclimation. Until he died, Granddaddy always called my “Cheyenne”.

Granddaddy was awesome to me. He was stoic and proper, raised Southern Baptist (babtist, as the Baptists say), but when the sun went down and the Indian Ghost began his protective walk of the perimeter, Granddaddy transformed. He became mystical and captivating. He claimed his Cherokee roots.

Granddaddy had crystal blue eyes, which added to his mystique. His eyes captivated you, always with his words. I’m the only one in my immediate family with blue eyes. Granddaddy’s eyes. Cheyenne’s eyes.

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Two years ago, I had a cancer scare. My mother, who is a spiritual woman, called upon Granddaddy, who died when I was a teenager, to “fix Sha”. It wasn’t until I told my Mom the day my symptoms receded, (Christmas day two years ago), that she admitted she’s pleaded to Daddy, my Granddaddy. On that day!!

I’ve always felt a special kinship to Granddaddy. On this Thanksgiving, in the year 2011, his Spirit continues to drive my being. I’m sure he’s talking to Mom, as he’s talking to me today.

Mom and I know that Granddaddy’s Cherokee Spirit came into “Cheyenne” and expelled the cancer threat. He knew my Cherokee Spirit has a mission and my time has just begun…


Peace,

Bravewarrior



Shauna L Bowling

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Linda Miles 5 years ago

LOVED the story and want MORE. What a wonderful gift for storytelling. Anytime a reader feels like he's right there with "Granddaddy" enjoying the moment, a talented author hopefully, has more to tell.


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bravewarrior 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Linda! I actually wrote this piece yesterday, Thanksgiving Day. I hope Granddaddy enjoyed our mental conversation!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

This is one of the most heart warming and beautiful hubs I have read for a long time. I hope 'granddaddy' continues to protect and to inpire you - what a wonderful man he was and still is! Beautiful story. Voted up + awesome!


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bravewarrior 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow! You blow me away, Seeker7! You inspire me to write more. And that, I will.....


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good Hub again. Great story and well-written.


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bravewarrior 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much, all of you! It's a pleasure to share fond memories and the thoughts they spark!


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Sonya L Morley 4 years ago from Edinburgh

You are a talented storyteller, I loved this and was drawn in from the start. Great hub!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow! Thank you, Sonya! Granddaddy was a great story teller, also. Perhaps it's in the genes?


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

What a wonderful tribute to your Granddaddy and his/your Cherokee heritage! Really a shame you didn't get to spend more time with him, but there's not a doubt in my mind it was his spirit that came in and cured you of cancer.

Voted up and awesome! ;D


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, JamaGenee. I didn't actually have cancer. I had a pre-cancerous condition. But, without a doubt, I agree, it wasn't Cheyenne's time and Granddaddy spoke to the gods!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

You are a great writer and I looooove the hubs I've read so far. I was surprised by our similarities as I read your profile. I, too, am from Indian heritage. Even some of the titles you've used are very similar to mine. Yours have been here for some time and I only joined 10 days ago (just in case someone reading this thinks it would be easy to just change titles to match each others). The photo on my profile is me with my Dad and he seems to resemble your Grand Dad. I'm not writing this to get you over to my hubs but you really should check it out and tell me if its just my imagination or are there too many similarities to call a coincidence. I don't need to list the similarities. You'll pick them out. Sometimes paths are already predestined to meet. Even when its through a computer. I'm curious as to your opinion.

Sorry if this was a bit long.

Sending you joys and blue skies on all your endeavors and journeys.

Keep up the great work.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

shinigirlisheyes, I will definitely check you out! Love your sign off... "Sending you joys and blue skies". Awesome! I see a similarity already!

Welcome to HubPages. It's a great community!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is a beautiful tale of family and spirit. A former professor of mine, now in his late 80s, a poet, is writing much about his Cherokee heritage and publishing a memoir too. Ralph Salisbury is his name and he has a number of books out.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

xstatic, thank you for stopping by! I have written down your former professor's name. I will look him up. While I feel the Cherokee spirit moves me and has given me much of who I am, history classes in school don't delve much into the American Indians. They are (or were in my day) portrayed as savages who needed to be tamed.

It's ironic. If our leaders of today held nature and all life sacred and could see what each living creature, down to the grass, has to offer and the miraculous life that perpetuates with each link, we would not be in the state we are today. American Indians had acumen and forsight in claiming immunity from White Man's government. Yet we mistreat them. Hell, we mistreat ourselves!

Thank you for stopping by and bringing this hub out of idle status!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

His poems about Cherokee heritage were first published in a book called Going To The Water. I had the privilige of working with him one on one for a term or two and now see him and his poet-wife Ingrid Wendt at various readings and we sip some wine together.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

How awesome for you to see a poet at work! I look forward to reading his work.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

I'm spiritual so i believe all is possible..including your granddad taking your cancer away!

Your family sounds warm, loving, and very interesting!

Cherokee People...cher's song is still one of my fav's..

lol


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Leslie, in addition, my family is funny as hell! They will keep you in stitches. Now, I think I just may need to add Cher's song to this hub!

Found an even better one!


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K J Page 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I liked this!!!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Cool! Thanx, K J!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

You certainly have a unique heritage and as a spiritual person, I believe God heals in mysterious ways. I don't doubt that your Granddaddy came and healed you. Thanks for sharing this story with us.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

K J, I apologize for taking so long to respond. I wasn't notified of your comment! :-( I'm glad you like it!

Pamela, my mom swears it was Granddaddy! She didn't tell me until I told her what day I'd stopped bleeding. Spirits abound, I truly believe that.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

I am sure I have commented on this one before but it was a treat to read and comment again anyway.

I love it and more so as I have returned to my Sunshine Ray hubs again.

I vote up,across and share all around.

Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Eddy. I appreciate the re-visit!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have a little girl Cheyenne, beautiful name, and my grandfather was Indian and he looked it. Raven black hair and sharp cheek bones and those sharp blue eyes! I loved to watch him in thought staring at the mountains. He was in another world.

Great story.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Jackie, that is so cool. There was something very spiritual about Granddaddy. I didn't spend a lot of time with him because he lived so far away, but I was completely enraptured when I did.

Love your daughter's name!


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

Cheyenne, I love it. Absolutely spellbinding words here.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Why, thank you Mr. Archer! Those pictures of Granddaddy were taken in Kennett, Missouri, at his home when he was alive. He was awesome!

You can call me Cheyenne anytime. I haven't been called that since Granddaddy died. And he was the only one who ever called me that!


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

Couldn't stay away, I had to come back and read it again. As for calling you Cheyenne, I would be honored to do so and glad you appreciated it. I actually meant it as I loved that your Grandfather called you that, but in retrospect I can see it came out as me calling you that. Sorry if it bothered you at all; that was not my intention. Rather it was to say how much I enjoyed your story. Made me think of my Grandfather on my mother's side, who I knew as a child; and the Grandfather on my father's side, who I never had the chance to know. Only stories, and one solitary picture. Thank you for the memory.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mr. Archer, I wasn't offended at all! I think it would be pretty cool if you called me Cheyenne. I'm so glad you came back to read it again. I did too, after your first comment. It had been a while since I visited this one.


Hubert Williams 3 years ago

BW I enjoyed this story of your Grandfather's visit, and happy that he took that dreadful disease out of you. Our spiritual connections are sometimes our only connections to survival.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hubert, it's amazing what spirits, faith and will can do isn't it? Thanx for stopping by!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

I really ejoyed this hub and it is wonderful to have grandfathers who tell us stories.

Both my grandparents loved to tell us stories---especially about strange signs in the sky.

Bobbi Purvis


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bobbi, I hope we have tales to spin when we're their age. I'd love to hear about the strange signs in the sky. Maybe you should write a hub about your grandparents stories.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have a granddaughter named Cheyenne; beautiful name, beautiful story. ^


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Jackie. Cheyenne is a beautiful name. I hope your granddaughter wears it proudly!


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi bravewarrior... what a great article of finding and seeking out your roots. The native culture is whole and complete in the old ways. I spent many years in the far north of Canada living with the Cree for months on end. The education never stopped when it came to the connection to the creator and nature.

Hugs and Blessings


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rolly, that must have been an interesting and spiritual experience for you. Communing with nature and living outside of the concrete jungle, learning the ways of natives is enviable and something you will always take with you.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

What an inspiring story of your grandfather healing you of cancer. I am such a believer that our loved ones that have passed, are watching over us and at times, helping us or healing us. What a beautiful connection you and your Grandfather had. Thanks so much for sharing this sacred story.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hey, Linda! My mother swears my grandfather healed me from above. I didn't have cancer, but a condition that could have led to cancer. I stopped bleeding the day my mom beseeched for his help. I had two subsequent surgeries shortly after that. All is well!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, bravewarrior,

This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing, to be precise.

I loved every word of it. I LOVED the top photo of the dark 1964 Chevy and the man standing next to it. This model of car was my first single man's car and I miss it even today. Shared a lot of good and bad times in the Chevy. Thanks for sharing your memories. I love them.

Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it. You have such

a gift for writing. Just use it without a selfish motive and no telling at how far you will go

and how many people you will touch.

I am going now to leave you some fan mail and become a follower.

I cordially invite you to read one or two of my hubs, and be one of my followers.

I am so honored to meet you and follow you.

Sincerely,

Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kenneth, thank you for the kind words. I write because it's in my blood and I love it. I certainly will check out your corner of HubPages to see what you're all about.

The man standing next to the Chevy is my grandfather who long ago left this world, but his spirit still lives on.

Thanx again for your wonderful comment!


Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

Hi, bravewarrior,

You are most-welcome for my words. They are all the truth. I am so blessed to have found you and I urge you to keep sending out these great hubs and thoughts. I appreciate you so much.

K.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

What an amazing legacy! my dad would have been so nuts seeing you write this! my dad watched all the cliche' cowboy and indian films back in the day, but his heart was the the indians or native americans as they are called these days. He got so mad when he saw or read anything detrimental to them, he thought they were the most amazing people on the planet, as I do too. makes me mad to think your heritage and way of life as it was has gone, so darn sad. fascinating read, nell

forgot to say, that cherokee nation song brought back memories! I remember it from when I was a kid! it was in our charts over here, loved it! lol!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

bravewarrior,

Forgive me. Please. For being so slow in replying. I have no excuse, but I have had to endure some things in my life that really took the wind from my sails and I won't bother you with them.

Again, I am sorry. I am so glad that I found you on HP and found this wonderful story.

What a talent you are.

And I do think you are following me. If not, I invite you too.

Peace My friend.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mel, my feelings towards American Indians are the same as your dad's. They were the first here on this land. Then in comes white man and takes it all away. It's infuriating.

I'm glad you like the song I chose. It brings back memories for me, too.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Yes, Kenneth I am following you. No need to apologize. I'm thrilled you found this post and left such a beautiful comment.

I hope things are looking up for you now.

Take care.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, bravewarrior, my Dear friend,

I am so grateful to have someone of your sensitivity and wisdom following me as I am you.

You are a special spirit in our world and do not forget it.

Your hub and writing touched me and I won't forget that.

I am just taking life as it comes and hopefully one day, will enter that place where all questions will be answered.

Peace.

And you keep in touch with me.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kenneth, I'm not going anywhere. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

bravewarrior,

God bless your very thoughts, for they do not come from an average person.

I am so blessed to have you in my life.

And I am serious.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're too kind, Kenneth!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

bravewarrior,

Thank you, kind ally, but I was only being honest and sensitive to your comment.

You are the one who is too kind and I appreciate YOU so much and for being in my world.

Peace.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Back atcha!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

You are very sweet and sensitive. I am so thankful of the ways you have blessed me.

Peace.

Your Eternal Friend,

Kenneth


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Shauna, I loved your story about your grandaddy. I hope you are still searching for your ancestors. There are stories that only a Native American can understand and I have heard many.

Kennett, Missouri? I lived in Kennett one year, we picked cotton for Mr Cox. I loved that little town. with it's hitching post in front of the cafe.

Voted up, UABI and shared.

Blessings and hugs


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Shyron, that's cool that you lived in Kennett. Cheryl Crow is from Kennett. I have a picture of her standing with a distant cousin of mine, who was mayor for a time. I don't know if he still is or not, but I thought it was pretty cool.

As far as tracking our heritage, an aunt attempted it but came upon a dead spot somewhere down the line. I do know that I'm related to Stonewall Jackson (my grandmother's maiden name was Jackson) and there was a Cherokee Chief somewhere in our lineage. We also have a relative that was wanted for murder in one town and elected sheriff in the next. Interesting stuff for sure!


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Wow, this is so fascinating and I'm glad to have read it.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Deal. It's a good memory for me.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

bravewarrior,

You are very appreciated and very loved by myself and I urge you to keep up the fine writing. You will certainly touch a lot of lives.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Kenneth. I have no intention of giving up on writing. It's what I do!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear bravewarrior,

Good. You just keep on turning out these deep and beautiful works. I appreciate you so very much.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This story featuring your Granddaddy is just as powerful today as when you first wrote it 2 years ago. I'm a believer in the spiritual visits from those we love so much. This is a beautiful piece and I enjoyed the history including the crossing of the Mississippi. - Audrey


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Audrey, I pleased you deemed this worthy of a second visit. I believe in the spirits as well. Indian spirits seem to be so strong. That and Mother Nature are the foundations of who they are.

Thanx for the visit my friend!

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