Dedication of the Boogerman Pine, NC

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Dedication of the Boogerman Pine, NC

Post by edfrank » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:25 pm

Pine lost its crown, but not its majesty

Assistant news editor-Waynesville Enterprise Mountaineer
(This article and accompanying photos originally appeared in the Friday May 3, 1996 issue of
The Enterprise Mountaineer
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Cherokee elder Walker Calhoun led a ceremony May 2, 1996 honoring old-growth trees.

"The old-growth tree ceremony was led by Native Americans Walker Calhoun, an Eastern Band Cherokee elder, and Johnie Leverett, whose mother was Western Band Cherokee and father was Choctaw. Despite his soft-spoken voice and small stature, Calhoun, 77, was the center of attention and admiration as he sang traditional Cherokee prayer and dance songs in honor of the tree. He learned the songs as a child from his elders, he said."

About Walker Calhoun: ... eld02.html
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Walker Calhoun - Oral History of the Cherokee: ... eld02.html

Walker Calhoun, Cherokee singer, dancer, banjo player, Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)
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