The Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a Wellbriety Snow Moon (Usgiwi) celebration and potluck lunch on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11a.m. – 2p.m. at the Cherokee Youth Center to which everyone is invited. The event will be honoring Cherokee elders Ella Bird, Al Lossiah, Guy Owens and Charlotte Taylor for their years of service to the community. Door prizes will be given.
Everyone is asked to bring a traditional Cherokee food dish for the potluck lunch along with your favorite beverage. Such dishes may be made with wild berries or grapes, persimmons, field apricots, corn, beans, squash, mushrooms, wild greens, ramps, potatoes and succotash. Traditional breads are made with chestnuts, beans, sweet potatoes, flour corn and hominy. Possible meats are bear, deer, fish, raccoon, turkey, squirrel, rabbit or wild game birds. Nuts are hickory nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and butternuts.
The Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition is committed to enhancing the lives of people by honoring and reclaiming the seven Cherokee core values especially in the promotion of clean, wholesome, healthy life styles. The seven core values are: spirituality, harmony, education, sense of place, honoring the past, strong character, and sense of humor.
Coalition Vice Chair Carol Long said, “Join us as we celebrate the winter season and honor our elders who have given so much to the Cherokee people.”
Info: Carol Long 554-6222 or 788-2132
– Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition