When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. – Cherokee We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. – Dakota
A Word of Hope
Friday was Native American Day. Ancestry.com allows people to find out all kinds of information about one’s ancestors. Using family trees, U.S. censuses as well as birth certificates can help a person learn more about their ancestors using digital historical records. It is sometimes like a treasure hunt trying to find out the next clue that will reveal a person’s great grandmother’s name.
For example, my great, great, great grandmother was a Native American. We have pictures and we continue to research in Ancestry.com to determine the tribe of her origin. I thought her’s was the Cherokee tribe from talking with my grandmother when I was younger; however, I did not write down the names or where she said they lived before they moved to Texas.
My grandmother’s face had strong Native American features. She was wise and she was soft spoken. I always thought of her as a gentle spirit that could get fired up if you did not do what she told you to do. We always had to show respect and obey her requests. My grandmother had wise sayings like the two above that she shared on a regular basis. The two Native American Indian quotes above can inspire a person to live their life so that it makes an impact while one lives on this earth. Native Americans have made a significant impact in this country from the beginning. Not just one day a year, but every day is a great day to celebrate their contributions as well as those of their descendants. Hallelujah Amen!
Dear Creator of the Universe: Thank you for our ancestors, our heritage, and the Native American cultures and traditions. We are all blessed to learn from digital records as well as wise older family members who recall sayings of family members that lived before our time. It is time to celebrate whose we are and who we are. Shelah! Ase! Amen!
Reverend Winner Laws
Cathedral of Hope Staff