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Beautiful view out my window today! Lots of sunshine and red leaves!
Yesterday I managed to go to the lake and swim for a while. While I was resting on the beach
I had a great time watching a toddler with a water pistol almost as big as he was. He was shooting the water, any vacant float he could find, and the sand! I love to watch kids! That one was really taking care of things!
Glad I wasn’t one of the targets! Good parents!
Chimney Rock near Asheville, NC has been the home of some of the strangest apparitions ever recorded in North Carolina. A little girl saw a man on top of the rocks in 1806. She told her brother who refused to believe her. He went to the site and saw thousands of apparitions flying in the air!
The children called their mother who also saw the apparitions that seemed to be clothed in white and were all ages. In all, six people saw the flying beings. The account of this strange event was printed a few weeks later in the Raleigh Register and Gazette. In the summer of 1806 people reported seeing groups of beings that seemed to be in battle with each other that included horses!
Newspapers across the state carried reports of this strange battle and today many people consider the vision to be of the not-so-distant Revolutionary War.
Who knows what really happened. Today Chimney Rock is a beautiful park with many visitors.
The Bird Man is very happy to hear of one definite siting of the Metalmark butterfly in The New River Valley by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program. This butterfly is having a hard time surviving and Clyde has been working on improving habitat for this beautiful insect.
Conservation is extremely important to our welfare. As one ecologist put it, you can’t keep taking bolts out of an airplane and expect it to stay in the air.
Last I heard, China is now spending a fortune on cross pollinating crops by hand since the honey bee has died out there. Conservation is also about money.
I found another Blue Ridge Parkway Creature Tale! This one is a giant in Jackson County, North Carolina.
There is a rock near Cullowhee North Carolina that has strange inscriptions on it. According to Cherokee legend these markings were the work of a giant named Judaculla. Supposedly he lived in the region long ago.
The name literally means, “He has them slanting”, which refers to the giant’s eyes. He was awful to look at with seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot. He was seven feet tall and very ugly.
Judaculla had control of the elements and all of the game.
There are many explanations for the markings on the rock. One involves a fall that left impressions, in particular, a foot impression with seven toes. Another is that Judaculla left hunting instructions on the rock as he was the master of all game and allowed the Cherokees to hunt.
The rock was an important focal point for the Cherokees and was the site of religious rituals until their forced expulsion in the 19th century. It is now an historic site that people can visit.
I found this legend on Stories from The Mountains online publication.
I love to laugh! I especially enjoy word play! There was a great one today on Facebook. A small child says she has Grandma on Speed Dial! She calls it INSTAGRAM!
The next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Even is Almost Here!
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Jimmie Lee had heard tales about the legendary Big Foot or Sasquatch but never thought he would come into contact with the beast. He was twelve years old and staying with his uncle and two cousins for the summer.
One morning his uncle told the boys he saw huge prints near his apple orchard. Jimmie and his cousins decided to pitch a tent to see if they could see Scalawag! They were having fun and when the campfire got low they decided to go to sleep at around 11:00. About thirty minutes later, the narrator heard a strange hissing sound. He woke his cousin up and they both heard limbs cracking outside.
They saw with the flashlight a huge mammal like creature with long red fur eating apples in a crouched position. The creature turned and stared at them and they could see a strange human-like face with a pointy head. The face was the only part of the creature that did not have fur and was an orange-brown color. It let out a screeching howl and ran off into the woods.
The next day they saw the huge prints with toes in the ground. The uncle and aunt have heard the noise of the animal since this event and Jimmie Lee swears he has seen Sasquatch!
I have always been nervous about spiders since one of my childhood friends said she had a black widow spider in her garage. I stayed out of there! I am not that scared of them but I don’t know one from the next so I am cautious.
The other day there was a small black spider in the computer room so I asked The Bird Man who is also very knowledgeable about insects to look at it. I yelled from the room that there was a spider in the room and would he come check it out.
He asked me if it had it’s own web.
I said I didn’t know. Maybe it is renting it.
The Word Man was not amused.
I am having a great time researching myths and legends of mountain sites that are near the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway! Here is another Native America legend about the Devil!
The Devil’s Tramping Ground is located in Western Chatham county near Siler City. It is forty feet long. The path forms a ring and is a foot wide. The center of the circle and the area around it is covered with grass and plants but nothing grows in the path.
If objects are place in the path at night they are removed by morning.
It is believed to be the ground where the devil walks in a circle planning his devious tricks. His foot prints make the path. He is gone by morning. The devil’s foot prints are so hot the ground is scorched so nothing can grow there. It is believed animals avoid the path.
I just checked out a Good Neighbors DVD from the library. I love it so far! The opening scene has a man with a birthday cake with one candle. He opens a card and reads it. Mozart and Mendelssohn were dead by forty – Why aren’t you?
The Independence Farmers Market is coming up June 27th! This is another great event with The Blue Ridge Discovery Center! There will be activities for kids! Come on out!
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The Moon-eyed people were, according to the Cherokees, a race of small men that lived in the southern Appalachians. They were quite different from the Cherokee people in appearance. Their skin was light and and they were bearded. They were called moon-eyed because they could only see at night. Their sensitive eyes were blinded by the sun so they were nocturnal beings that lived in underground caverns.
Cherokee cosmotology is complex. They believe they live with other supernatural beings but the Moon-eyed people are never described as having other-worldly characteristics so some believe they may have been European settlers that arrived before Columbus.
The stone wall of Fort Mountain, George is said to be associated with these people. According to legend, this great wall is left over from a war between the Moon Eyed People and the neighboring Creek nation. The wall is 850 feet long with varying heights between two and six feet high. Again, according to legend the Creek nation drove the Moon Eyed People off in a battle at night when the light of the moon was strong enough to weaken the nocturnal warriors.
The Word Man has done it again! This time his poem, My Granny’s Island has been accepted for publication by Leaves of Ink! Yea Word Man! The poem will appear in July’s issue!
For the last few days I have been blogging about Cherokee Animal Myths and Legends so I thought it would be a good idea to post some of my animal paintings from my folder Kendall Expressions. In these paintings I have let my expressive side take over!
Here is the link to this folder on my website Kendall Expressions
Yesterday I wrote about the skunk legend. The Cherokees believe the smell is a deterrent to disease. There is more to it. During the small pox epidemic of 1866 the animal was hung up and sometimes it was cooked and eaten. The oil was rubbed on the sick person’s body because they believed the smell would repel the disease spirit.
The beaver is invoked when children are getting their permanent teeth since it has amazing gnawing ability. When children lose a tooth they run with it around the house four times and ask the beaver to put a new tooth in their jaw.
The dog does not appear much in their myths but some say it is responsible for the Milky Way. Another myth says the dog drives the wolf from the home and takes the comfortable place by the fire for himself.
The elephant which some Cherokees saw in shows is called The Great Butterfly because of its large flapping ears and long trunk which resemble the wings and proboscis of the insect.
I wanted to again remind folks of the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center event this Friday!
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