Editorial articles from our Elders commenting on conditions in the "greater" Cherokee Nation
John Red Hat, a friend, and Dottie Daigle
"The Keetoowah in Oklahoma are not enemies of the mixed bloods who after
statehood, "followed the white man's road," nor are they enemies of full
bloods who are not Keetoowah" Grace Steele Woodward, THE CHEROKEES,
The "Kituwah Spirit" was an ideal of a free and independent Cherokee Nation
founded upon the "old way" of liberty, equality, and community...
The Keetoowah Society was possessed of a different vision of what it meant to be a "Cherokee"-- one that stressed the importance of the "old way" in the preservation of the integrity of the individual Cherokee as well as the unity and sovereignty of the Cherokee Nation. National unity depended upon the definition of a true "Cherokee" as one bound to a traditional culture and tied to the community by the power of the "Kituwah spirit." The "Kituwah spirit" was a way to transcend the differences between political parties, religious beliefs, skin color, and even clan affiliations; it allowed for the synthesis of the Cherokee people into a total community who though different, lived as one. from http://users.rcn.com/wovoka/Conclsn4.htm
Keetoowah (Nighthawk) Society members with the historic wampum of the Cherokees near Gore, Oklahoma, in 1916.
Courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society