1 SEPT 2014 Tsalagi tsunalugi N EW S L E T T E R O F T H E T S A L A G I Y I N V D A G I I N D I A N T R I B E From the Office of the Ugu Our people, the Ani-Tsalagi, lived in many towns on both sides of the Great Smoky Mountains, from the northern part of present day Georgia and Alabama, all the way north to present day Virginia. The area was huge and the towns were many. Before the coming of the European and African, bringing their diseases, there were many people. Every time an English ship landed and came ashore, looking for water or food for the crew, mirthless diseases were left behind. They in turn infected a people who had never seen such diseases and with no way to handle them. The sickness was brought into red man's towns by traders and raiding parties; tens of thousands of people dying long before a white man or black man was ever seen. Some have suggested from old town sites that there were as many as two hundred thousand people in the tribe of the Ani-Tsalagi. They were a powerful nation, with no true enemies to conquer them. An enemy could only try, but could never succeed. They were an arrogant people, saying in a meeting with other tribes that "we are Ani- Yawiya," 'The Real People'." "You are nothing but Ani-Yawuyu, 'People'... Their language was a thousand years removed from their northern cousins, the Iroquois people. The Ani-Tsalagi drove them north from the mountains because they did not wish to honor the Atsila Galvkawetiyu, "Sacred Fire." The fire had been keep alive in the Gaduyi, "Town House," of their old town, Giduwa for centuries. Our people have also been called the Kituwa People. In the early 1700s, when the English became powerful in the Carolina Colony, our people feared the Fire may be lost, and they brought it to the west side of the Mountains, This was the Gadusideli, "Over-the-Mountain," and it was brought to a new town of the people, Istsati, along the Tsalagi Equanimaya, "Great Tsalagi River." Would you believe the white called it the Little Tennessee River? When the white man started getting strong in what is now Southeastern United States, there were still towns in Georgia, Alabama, South and North Carolina and Tennessee; the towns were called Valley and Lower Towns. Remember when speaking our language, there are two major dialects. The Over-the-Hill towns have no r, only the Valley and Lower Towns have an r. In Oklahoma, they call Diwali, Duwali, which is Lower Towns. "We are here, for we never left." Wado, Ugu
2 Remember, when pronouncing words in Tsalagi, letter such as the v is like u in but. Sometimes letters go from soft of hard, such as ugu, which is pronounced oo-koo. Vowels are a as in father; e as a in hate; i as i as in pit; o as o in noted, and sometimes leaning to aw, an u as oo in tool. The ts is like js or j, as in tsa is ja and tsu is joo. All other letters are about the same as in English. I usually used words that come from the old Gadusideli (Gato-see-day-lee), Over the hill dialect. I also use words from Oklahoma and Qualla Boundry or North Carolina when I do not have Gadusideli words. The real name of our people is from the Ani-Tsalagi tribe. We are not Cherokee. The word Cherokee is a corruption of an old Tsalagi Language Choctaw Indian traid language word, Chulaki, People from the cave country. The first use of the word by a European was by the Spanish explorer DeSota. In 1540 he used Chalague to name our tribe. In 1718, the English colonists used Charikee, and also in 1747 they used Charokee. Over the years after about 50 different changes, it finally came down to the modern Cherokee by using the r used in the Eladi Anigadugi, Lower Towns dialect. The Gadusideli did not have an r in their dialect. So, let s keep educating the people that we are in fact Ani-Tsalagi, all thought it is nearly impossible to keep the word going. Tsunalugi (Ju-na-loogee), Rising Smoke, is the name for our newsletter. Nvdagi (Nu-da-gi), is Texas, in our language. Yi is a locative word. So we have Tsalagiyi Nvdagi, Tsalagi in Texas. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Brothers and Sisters, this tribe is funded by its members. It was decided by Council January 2013 that $12.00 per year per member would be an amount that all should be able to meet. $1.00 per month. Calendar year would start January 1 st and end December 31 st. Reminder that all checks/money orders must be made out to Tsalagiyi Nvdagi. The pay-pal account may also be used. This will be called Annual support of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Tribe. Members in good standing age 18 and over will be eligible to vote in all elections. This is a tribe, not an organization.. We still have some of our people sending in money for our Land Fund. There are those who are believers, as I and others are. Wadoequa, sisters and brother We still have some of our people sending in money for our Land Fund.. We have purchased 7.9 acres 4 miles East of Troup in Smith County. We will need everyone s help to make payments on the loan. This is your land. We will also have work week-ends to build and get ready for annual Gatherings. PLEASE SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!
3 Memorial Fund NEW PAYPAL TRIBAL ACCOUNT Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Memorial Education Scholarship A memorial education fund has been set up. Make checks out to Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Memorial Ed. Fund. Mail checks to: Ron Trussell 4212 Kendall Waco, TX The education of our children is so important to our future. We will present two scholarship awards of $ for Two $ scholarship awards were presented this year: First was Daniel Garnsey of Central District who is attending Texas Tech University. Second was Wyatt William Fecht of Eastern US District who will attend Washington University in St. Louis. Presenting award is District Chief Nate Kittrell. Congratulations! Look for the DONATE button on the website!
4 NEWSLETTER ANIYASTIGI Aniyastigi (A-nee-ya-s-tee-gee) is the Warrior Society of the Ani-Tsalagi. Ayastigi (a-ya -s-tee-gee) literally means Fighting Man. We have continued the Aniyastigi in this modern time. Any male member of Tsalagiyi Nvdagi can be a member if he is a good citizen, never breaking any of the laws or customs of our tribe. We have adopted a feather of red color to be the badge of our Society. The symbol is the atasi (a-ta-see), war club, the Ani-Tsalagi warrior s favorite weapon. We have a red membership card. There have been a number of induction ceremonies bringing in new members. The Aniyastigi is older than recorded history. There was a ceremony at our Gatherings in October. Welcome new members; Again, brothers, if anyone who has been initiated has been left off the rolls of our Society, please send me your name and date of the Ceremony. If you have anything of importance for the people, contact us, and it will be placed in the Newsletter. Please, make it short, for reasons of space. Let us know if anyone passes on to the After World. ANI-GILAHI Ani-Gilahi (A-nee-Gee-la-hee) is the women s warrior society in the old days. We have kept the name alive by using it as our Woman s Society. NEWSLETTER We have started putting the newsletter on our web site. Updates on the web site will continue throughout the year. Keep checking for current news. If you do not have a computer to get on the internet, please let us know and we will mail a few newsletters to you. But please pay for them. Otherwise, go on our web site, The TSALAGI TSUNALUGI will be there. If we do not hear from you, then the newsletter will only be found on our web site. Contact Ugu Hicks P.O. Box 492 Troup Texas, or Ron Trussell at or mail to 4212 Kendall Ln. Waco, Texas If you have anything of importance for the people, contact us, and it will be placed in the Newsletter. Please, make it short, for reasons of space. Let us know if anyone passes on to the After World. REMEMBER, do not send in original material, but always send a copy.
5 ANNUAL TRIBAL SUPPORT TRIBAL ITEMS FOR SALE Chief Hicks book, TSALAGI BEGINNINGS, RELIGION AND CUSTOMS, as he was taught as a young boy is still available at a cost of $5 plus $2.50 for handling, total of $7.50. This is old stuff. Address: Red Man, 505 East McKay, Troup, TX There are some white T-shirts with National Emblem, sizes M (38-40), L (42-40), XL (46-48), $20 each, plus $2.50 handling for a total of $ Tribal Bumper Stickers are $2.50 J4West leathers vests with the Tsalagiyi Color Wheel (Sydney style only). All sales of these items will go to the General fund. Ball caps with Tribal seal are $15.00 and sale will go to Memorial Education fund. Contact Deputy Chief Ron Trussell Organo Gold, offering sales of various coffees and teas, give the Tribe a free distributorship as a non-profit organization. They will give the Tribe a free website for the sale of their products. Any orders placed on line will generate a profit paid on a monthly basis to the Tribe through a check, pay-pal, or other manor decided on by the treasurer.sales will start being generated, and those monies will go to the Education Fund, Land Fund, or elsewhere as the Tribal needs may require. The products are infused with Ganoderma Lucidum, which is considered the "king of the healing herbs," and is certified as 100% organic. All are listed as containing 150+ antioxidents, naturally balancing the body's PH level, increasing the body's oxygen levels, improves sleep, boosts the immune system, increases brain power, improves blood circulation, reduces allergies and inflammations, naturally detoxifies the body, and boosts energy and stamina. The company is presently selling their products in 38 countries. Many users of the products who I personally have talked with have reported positive results. With the positive feedback I have received, and the company's willingness to provide a monetary benefit to the Tribe, at no risk to the Tribe, The website: Tea Santamaria is a maker of Indian crafts. She wishes to sell her crafts and donate a percentage to the tribe. Okay, let s buy her out! P.O.Box 2254, Lufkin, TX 75902, Ph Our member, Ray Phillips, has what he calls a small business/hobby, Lone Star Metal/ Works. You can check his work out by going to his website: He will donate 10% of each purchase from a tribal member to the Land Fund. Take him up on it. Nuwati Herbals I invite you to visit for your herbal tea blends, balms, bath and massage oils, bath salts and pet products. We also carry NO-Ski-TO insect repellent. ALL are made with natural ingredients. The maker of these fine products is Rod Jackson, a Tsalagiyi Metis, who was taught by his grandmother the proper method of collecting and returning the herbs he uses. You can order on the website. If you order on the website, please include on the comment line, MEMBER TSALAGIYI NVDAGI. Brothers and Sisters, this tribe is funded by its members. It was decided by Council January 2013 that $12.00 per year per member would be an amount that all should be able to meet. $1.00 per month. Calendar year would start January 1st and end December 31st. Reminder that all checks/money orders must be made out to Tsalagiyi Nvdagi. This will be called Annual support of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Tribe. Price for advertisement of a business size card is $ Send the money with your card.
6 ELDER WISDOM DISTRICT NEWS Please assist all our Council Chief s to help build your tribe. See new listing on side of main Web Site page under Districts. National for Ugu: Chief Hicks: 33 Write in; Ron Trussell: 8 ELECTION RESULTS FOR 2014 Yigaquu osaniyu adanvto adadoligi nigohilvi nasquv utloyasdi nihi (May the Great Spirit s Blessings Always Be with You). CHEROKEE ADAGE Treaty District: Chief David Hicks: 0 Central District: Running for office John Stephenson: 10 Eastern US District: Chief Nate Kittrell: 7 At Large District: Chief Dewayne Hall: 0 ANNUAL GATHERING The annual gathering will be October 18 th, Location is Tribal land W. highway 135 Troup Texas. Breakfast will be provided by Central District Lunch: BBQ brisket, chicken, and drinks will be provided Tsalagiyi Nvdagi. Women s Council request that those planning to attend please bring side dishes and desserts. There will be a Give-away blanket. Please bring something to exchange. Any questions on what to bring or how to help contact Linda Trussell phone We look forward to seeing everyone again. Come and join the fun the Tsalagi way.
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