Beaded Scottish Glengarry
Scottish highlanders and Native people have always held respect for each other?s culture. I am scottish and Cherokee/Choctaw. Little is actually known about the similarities in our cultures so today I?ll share a few: 1. Dancing: Dancing in both Native way and Scottish way comes with a ceremony. This means you can?t just dance, you have to be taught and brought in by other dancers. For Scottish way there is a kilting ceremony performed when a new dancer enters the arena. Same for Native way..... In both cultures these dances must be performed in front of elders and the community you dance with before being approved to perform it in front of others. 2. Eagle feathers: This is of course a brief overview of ?Pan-Indian? but most people are aware with how sacred eagle feathers are to us native people.... in scottish way only clan chiefs are allowed to wear 3 eagle feathers in their glengarry, their son may wear 2 and armigers (such as myself) May wear a single. 3. War dances: Scottish sword dance is a war dance performed before battle given what happens during the dance it is said that it will foretell if it will go well... or end in disaster. Many native people both Cherokee or other tribes traditionally performed war dance before and after battle. 4. Language: There was so much exchange between native people and Scots Gaelic speakers that small dialects of indigenous lanuage/Gaelic filled turtle island. There is no concept of ownership in Scots Gaelic as in many native languages, it simply didn?t exist. 5. Clans: While native clans tend to run on the women?s side (at least for Cherokee) the Scottish clan system ran on the fathers. This allowed for children to be able to maintain clan king ships without having to relinquish clan ties. The only time this became a problem was when someone passed away. 5. Symbols: Tartans are the family patterns Scottish people wear on kilts and any other article that depicts who you?re with. I was personally taught to only use tartans/clan badges that you have rights to use. Much like family beadwork patterns and other family symbols in Native way..don?t use symbols that do not belong to you. Cherokee people were granted their own tartan in 1996 to acknowledge the genocide and alliances between both people. 6. Adoption Scottish and native way both allow for clan adoption ceremonies. 7. Genocide: It was illegal to Speak Gaelic, wear a kilt, have any clan symbols on you, or perform dancing in scotland in the late 1750's-early 1800's Today as native people you have to be enrolled to hold feathers from birds of prey, access your religious items etc. Genocide is ongoing today in the united states with the use of Quantum to determine enrollment etc. 8. Elders Both communities share respect for our elders. Elders are people we go to for advice and knowledge. I hoped you've enjoyed this short little write up I could go on but I'm tired of typing. A small portion of Native American history that is often overlooked but many of us who are native and scottish still celebrate. I have chosen to celebrate my pride by beading my glengarry as many have before me. A rarely seen piece that represents both of my cultures.