Karl Ivey shares history, items of Native Americans with DAR

Karl Ivey shares history, items of Native Americans with DAR

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 8:00 pm

The Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Carr Street Community Center.
Alice Voegeli and Ellen Petty served as co-hostesses during the social time. The food table was covered with a white cloth and centered with a large floral plant and a fan made from wild turkey feathers that added to the day’s theme of Native Americans. Deer jerkey, chocolate-dipped nuts, cake, assorted pasteries, dip and chips and spiced tea were served.
Regent Sallie Ferguson opened the meeting with the DAR ritual. Agnes Sublette served in her position as chaplain.
Peggy Lohaus, serving as program leader, led the pledge to the United States flag, followed by the “The Star Spangled Banner” and the American creed and preamble. She also introduced guest Kay Williams and special guest speaker Karl Ivey.
Ivey, in addition to being a practicing attorney, civil leader and Army veteran, is an expert in Native American culture. He explained how the discovery of gold in Georgia was what led to the Trail of Tears and the removal of Native Americans from their home and land. Through bribes and trickery, 500 Native Americans signed a treaty to sell the land that represented 15,000 Cherokees that had no part in the sale of the land to the white government. It was implied the Cherokees were uneducated savages, but, in fact, some had brick homes, newspapers, schools, owned slaves, wore western clothes and were becoming more like the whites.
John Ross, son of a Native American mother and white father, was a lawyer and tried to stop the removal of his people by suing the United States Supreme Court. Although they ruled in favor of the Native Americans, it did no good. About 4,000 Cherokee died from lack of shelter, disease and starvation on what became known as the Trail of Tears. Later, Gen. Winfield Scott and the U.S. military moved the rest of the people in smaller groups that resulted in easier times and less of a loss to the Indians. That is the reason there are several trails throughout the U.S.
Ivey told of the pow wow held in Hopkinsville, Ky. Native Americans buried in Hopkinsville were Fly Smith and Walking Horse.
He told of the different types of Native American dances and how they can be recognized by the types of movement and clothing. He has taken part in a type of dance called straight dancing, which is the less physical of the dances. Women do a different dance alone and use shawls in different forms of dances.
Ivey displayed a large table of authentic clothing and head pieces much of which he has made himself. He explained tanning of leather and how to tell if they represented warriors, chiefs or others. He also spoke of the pride of the Native Americans in serving this country and the fact they will do everything they can to honor their people and country.
During the business meeting, officer reports and committee reports were given. It was announced the state conference was to be April 5-7 in Lexington, Ky.

Published in The Messenger 4.9.13

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