Cherokee Animal Legends and Vacuum Tales in Radford near The Blue Ridge Parkway


 

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I still have Pawleys Island on my mind!  After I do some more shore scenes I will be getting back to large Blue Ridge Vistas!

 

I have put up a number of blogs on the Cherokee Native American legends about the Black Bear in The Blue Ridge Mountains and today I came across some other legends regarding other animals!  Interesting stuff!

Cherokee Animal Legends

The primeval animals are thought to have been larger and stronger than their present day descendants.

The rabbit is the most prominent animal in their myths.   It is a trickster and considered to be malicious.  It is often beaten at its own game by those it intends to victimize.  Ball players are forbidden to eat rabbits when they are in training because this animal seems to be so confused when it runs.

The meat of the common grey squirrel is forbidden to rheumatic patients because of the cramped position it assumes while eating.

The deer won its horns in a successful race with the rabbit.

The wolf is revered as a hunter and Cherokees abstain from killing it if they can avoid it.  They believe a relative of the slain wolf will seek out the hunter and kill him.

The odor of the skunk is believed to keep off contagious diseases.

 

I found this information on the online publication, First People , The Legends

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man- Clyde Kessler

Over the years my husband and I have had a lot of trouble with vacuum cleaners.  I try to be very careful not to pick up anything that will break it but I seem to manage to break them anyway.  Either that, or they just break to spite me.

I am practically putting my head to the rug to check for objects since we bought a new one a while back.  It is under warranty and I have the box and everything in it.  This one will be replaced if something goes wrong.

The other day I was vacuuming our bedroom and my husband was standing nearby.

I said I checked and I didn’t see any stupid thing  on the floor.

He said he was standing on the rug but he didn’t think that would be a problem.  I didn’t mean him!  He is always there with a word quip!  Keeps me laughing!

The Black Bear in History and Break a Leg! Life in Radford near The Blue Ridge Parkway


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The Black Bear

I have been blogging about Cherokee legends regarding the black bear so I thought it would be interesting to write about the influence of the black bear on other cultures.  The Cherokees are not the only people that believe the black bear possesses healing powers.

This trait is said to be known by many cultures and it is believed this notion originated in the paleolithic period. The Ancient Greeks associated Artemis with the bear because of its self-healing properties.

There are many plants that are considered to be medicinal with bear in the name such as bear root and bear clover.

Some cultures believe so strongly in the bear’s medicinal properties that the bear population is threatened by over demand.  China has bear farms but also poaches bears in the United States and Canada.

Now that the bear is making a comeback in its natural habitat it is in danger from poachers.

I found this information on the online publication, Interesting Facts.

Break a Leg

Yesterday I had my regular eye check-up here in Radford.  My doctor works out of two offices.  He is in Radford for two days and in Salem for the rest of the week.  Needless to say, his office usually has many patients.

Yesterday they were especially busy.  When the assistant got to me she said, “Welcome to the Mad House!”

A few minutes later I heard another assistant say they were so busy she needed roller skates so she could break a leg and go home!

Now, that is one way out of work!

Life with The Bird and Word Man  –  Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again remind folks of the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center event this Friday!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
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More kid events.

Mountain Bear Man near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happenings!


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Wish I were on that road right now!

Here is another fascinating legend about the Cherokee Native Americans and the Black Bear!

 

The Bear Man

A Hunter shot one arrow after the next into a black bear and chased after it until the bear finally took the arrows out and told the man he couldn’t be killed and asked the hunter to come live with him.

This bear was a medicine bear and could talk and read people’s thoughts.  The hunter was worried the bear would hurt him but the bear told him he wouldn’t hurt him and there would be plenty to eat.

They came to a hole in the side of the mountain that widened as they entered.  It was not the bear’s home.  It was a meeting place for bear councils.  The other bears were alarmed at the presence of the hunter but the medicine bear told them it was only a stranger come to see them and he should be left alone.

The bear took the hunter to his home and rubbed his stomach and then his paws were full of chestnuts.  He did this many times for different kinds of food and both he and the hunter had plenty to eat.  The hunter stayed with him and his hair grew so long he was beginning to look like a bear.

One day the bear told him it was the day hunters would kill him. He told the hunter to put leaves over his remains after the kill.  The hunters entered the hole, killed the bear, and then realized the hairy creature was a hunter that has been missing for some time.  They  left with big chunks of bear meat and the hunter.  Before they left the hunter put leaves over the remains of the bear and as they were leaving the bear reappeared, shook off the leaves, and disappeared into the forest.

The hunter told the tribe to let him be by himself for seven day so he could shake off the bear nature and become a man again but his wife was so determined to see him that she went into him and took him home.  He never became like a man again.

Legend has it that if he had been allowed to be alone and fast for seven days he would not have kept the bear nature.

I found this story on on the online publication First People The Legends.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happening is this Friday! 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
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More kid events.

 

Blue Ridge Mountain Bear Chase near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Writing on the Wall…


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Today I found a wonderful Cherokee bear story about Autumn!

The Great Bear

A great black bear ,Nyah- gwaheh was terrorizing a village.  Children stayed out of the woods for fear of this animal. Four hunters set out to track down and kill Nyah- gwaheh.  The bear was said to possess magical powers and could cause its tracks to disappear.   The hunters had a magical dog that could see tracks days after they had vanished.

The four hunters were great hunters but one of them was fat and lazy.  He always wanted to take breaks.  On one break he reached into his pouch for a snack and found squirmy things in it which was a magical sign that the bear knew it was being hunted.

The bear ran and ran up the mountain to escape the hunters.  It was so huge that it was easy to track.  The forest was being torn up as it passed.  As the bear tired it stopped in its tracks to kill the annoying dog and one of the hunters succeeded in driving an arrow through it.

They cut the bear up and roasted it when one hunter noticed strange sparks in the darkness far below his feet.  They were no longer on the mountain but up in the air!  The powerful magic of the bear had led them to the world of the sky!

The dog started barking at the pile of bones and they came alive and the hunters chased the bear across the sky.

Legend has it that each autumn the hunters chase the bear across the sky and when it is killed the blood drips from the sky onto the trees.  The fat from the fire causes the grass to turn white.

I got this great story from the online publication, Cherokee Myths and Legends of The Black Bear

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Sometimes my husband and I joke about how we got together.  It is rather unusual that a girl from McLean VA marries a naturalist poet from a town that is so small it could be on Hee Haws Salute the Small Town section of the show.

The latest quip is  I didn’t hold a poem to your head.  You could have said no.

My response is I didn’t see the puns on the wall.

Just kidding around!  I am very glad I married my mountain man!   He is the only one for me!

Blue Ridge Healing Waters near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Anticipation!


 

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I am real excited about my next series of paintings!  I am going to do a number of large paintings of Pawleys Island including some sunset over the ocean scenes!  It has been a while since I did a shore scene so I am looking forward to these new works.

I am going to do one more Kendall Expression painting and then get started.  I have had a great time working on my own brand of Expressionism but I am anxious to get back to my own personal Impressionistic style. I really do live to paint and I love to find homes for my creations!  I just mailed Small Flowers to a great Texas patron!

 

Here are two of my favorite Kendall Expressions paintings and the Youtube video I did on a number of them.  I need to get back to making videos!  I will soon!

 

Blue Ridge Healing Waters

 

The Cherokees have a tradition about healing waters in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  According to legend there is a mysterious lake high up in the Smoky Blue Ridge mountains that all animals are aware of and trust to cure their wounds.

It is said that whenever a black bear is wounded by hunters it will go this lake and swim from one shore to the other and then be healed as soon as it reaches the other side.

Healing waters are a part of legends and myths of many cultures.  Perhaps that is where we get the myth for the Fountain of Youth.

 

I found this story on Cherokee Myths and Legends of The Black Bear online publication.

 

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

 

I wanted to again mention the newest Blue Ridge Discovery Center happening that starts tomorrow!

 

BRDC Day at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, May 30, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Intersection of 21 and 58, Independence, VA
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Created by
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Kids programs will be provided on site.

The Black Bear in The Blue Ridge Mountains near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pleased to Sell another Original Painting!


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One of my favorite places on The Blue Ridge Parkway!

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The Cherokee Legends of The Black Bear

The Cherokee Indians did not always inhabit the mountains of the North East.  Some historians claim they have only been here five hundred years after migrating from the upper Mid-West but their traditions, legends and myths date back for thousands of years.

The Cherokee, along with all the Northeastern tribes were comfortable living with the black bear. The southern Blue Ridge Mountains have many Cherokee myths concerning the black bear.  They have often seen the black bear as a spirit guide to their people and considered the white bear to be a special spirit.  A few are born with white fur. It was a significant part of their ceremonial or religious practices.

Joining The Black Bears

One tale is about a boy that would leave the Ani tsa gu hi’  tribe for a while and come back with significant amounts of hair on his body that was not previously there.  The tribe asked him what was going on and he said he was spending time with the black bears where there was much food.  He told his tribe they should all join the bears and live in peace with abundant food.

This tribe was part of the Cherokee tribe and they all decided to leave the Cherokees to live with the bears.  They told the others not to worry, that they would live forever with the bears.  There are Cherokees today that believe some of their people became black bears and their descendants are alive today.

I found this story on Cherokee Myths and Legends of The Black Bear online publication.

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

While we were on vacation I had a great time watching River Monsters!  I loved to fish when I was a child so it was great to watch Jeremy Wade catch huge fish!  In one episode he talked about the fishing method called noodling.  The fisherman puts his hand in the fish’s mouth and pulls it out of the water.  Considering the types of fish he catches, it is a dangerous sport.

My mountain man laughed when I told him I had never heard of noodling.  He said his Dad was doing that when he was a kid.  I replied that I bet it is new to people like me that are part of the mainstream culture, not isolated mountain people.  He said that was true.  His people were so far up the holler the creek ran dry trying to get out.

Just joking!  My husband’s great-great uncle George Kessler was one of three founders of Ferrum College and Clyde Kessler is the most knowledgeable person I have ever known.  Don’t trust those mountain stereotypes!

Blue Ridge Mountain Folk Tale near The Blue Ridge Parkway and More Mountain Happenings!


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Preacher Tale

I’m sure there are more ghost stories out there but I am going to look into other legends of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There are a lot of wonderful folk tales about famous people and about regular people attempting to better understand their mountain life.

A lot of them are humorous.  I especially like this Preacher Tale that I got from Blue Ridge Folklife by Ted Olson.

It seems there was a church that was separated from the people by a patch of woods.  There was a road that went around the woods to the church and there was a path through the woods that went directly to the church.

The pastor and a deacon were having supper at the deacon’s house and were getting ready to go to church for an evening service.

The deacon remarked that the woods were full of bears so he was going to take the road.  The pastor said the Lord would protect his people that do His will, which is what they had been preaching all week.

He finally showed up at the church all torn up and got up to the pulpit and told the congregation that the Lord will protect you if you are doing His will but he ain’t worth a damn in a bear fight.

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The next Blue Ridge Discovery Event is this Saturday!  Don’t miss out on this great activity!

BRDC Day at Independence Farmers Market

Fri, May 30, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where
Intersection of 21 and 58, Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
Kids programs will be provided on site.

Staunton Ghost near The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Wedding Planner


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A Staunton Ghost in the Bed Room

 

I am still finding Staunton Ghost Stories.  Staunton, VA has so many ghost stories that there is an a tour people can take of the haunted sites!  Many of them are residential.

Here is a scary one!

One man claimed his apartment on Church Street was haunted by an evil presence. He claimed the ghost had shown itself to four different people, including his girlfriend!

The ghost covered her mouth and pinned her down when she was trying to sleep. They consulted a professional medium and were told not to sleep there anymore.  Of course,

he moved as soon as he could.

I found this ghost story on the online publication, Ghosts of America.

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man-Clyde Kessler

My husband, son, and I just got back from a great vacation at Pawleys Island in South Carolina!  The weather was great, the food was great, and we stayed in a gorgeous, roomy house one minute from the beach!

Clyde saw 93 species of birds just walking a couple of minutes to a dock and my son and I got our ocean fix for the year!

Clyde planned everything.  He found the house, decided which week would be a good week, etc.

It was such a great vacation that I told him he missed his calling!  He should have been a Wedding Planner!

 

The groan he let out was heard throughout the whole island.  There were rumors that the Real Estate Office had to close down for hours due to the incredible number of phone calls regarding the groan!

No offense to wedding planners!  Just thought this would be a good funny for the blog.

 

 

More on the Staunton Theater Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Farm Days!


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Staunton Theater Ghost Story

 

Yesterday I wrote about the little girl that haunts a Staunton Virginia theater.  There is a little more to the story and another story about a male ghost on the premises!

Sometimes rolls of coins would disappear and then show up in stacks and patterns in the projectionist room. It looked as though the ghost was playing with them. The girl seemed to be most active in the upper story and the projectionist room.

A tall man dressed in a Victorian suit has been seen in what was the orchestra pit.  The suit did not fit.  It was too tight across the shoulders. As I mentioned yesterday, the theater was originally an opera house.

I found this story online at Ghosts of America.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

As always, The 40th Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally was a great success!  Now Blue Ridge Mountain lovers can look forward to next week’s Farm Days!   Clyde spent his early years on a farm and his father still has an extensive garden that we have enjoyed over the years!  No one grows corn like Herman Kessler!

The Blue Ridge Discovery Center is hosting Farm Days at Matthews Living History Farm in Independence VA!  Here is the address and a map can be found on the Blue Ridge Discovery Center website. The tour will include educational demonstrations and programs for kids at the farm museum!  Come on out for a great time!

Matthews Living History Farm

107 W Main St
Independence, VA 24348

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Staunton Theater Ghost Story, and What an Error!


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Staunton Theater Ghost Story

 

The Gypsy 4 Theater of Staunton was once an Opera House. A fire broke out in the mid 1900’s and significant damage was done to the building.

According to a former projectionist, very strange things have happened there.  Once while threading a movie the person’s eight inch braid was lifted straight up in the air.

A young blond girl, dressed in white and about eight years old was sitting on the pallet playing with the projectionist’s hair!  She silently laughed and vanished.  The projectionist’s mother

claimed to have run ins with the girl also, and she is a skeptic concerning paranormal sitings.

I found this ghost story on Ghosts of America online publication.

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I have mentioned several times that my naturalist husband is uploading bird sightings to Cornell University.  Yesterday he told me he is ranked 10th in the country for this information.  In a number of blogs I wrote he is uploading over 2000 files.

I don’t know how I got that so wrong!  He has already uploaded 15,000 files and says he has over 30,000!  Wow!

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