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Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Paint Clan

Ani-Wodi

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, October 6, 2019
1. Paint Clan Marker
Inscription.  Wodi refers to the paint made from red ochre. In the legend of monster Stoneman, a lump of this paint remained when the monster burned up. When the medicine man painted people with it, their wishes came true: to be a great hunter, or warrior, or attractive to others.

Clan Facts: When the Cherokee National Council met at Broomtown in 1808, they abolished the system of clan revenge for murders, giving the responsibility to the tribal government. They also ruled that children could inherit property from their fathers, not just their mothers. This decision transferred some of the power originally held by the clans to the tribal government.

(Cherokee language translation)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementNative Americans.
 
Location. 35° 29.094′ N, 83° 18.941′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is at the intersection of Tsali Boulevard (U.S. 441) and Drama Road, on the right when traveling south on Tsali Boulevard. Marker is located beside the sidewalk
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By Cosmos Mariner, October 6, 2019
2. Paint Clan Marker
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at the northwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Museum of the Cherokee Indian (within shouting distance of this marker); Sequoyah (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of Tears (within shouting distance of this marker); Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. (within shouting distance of this marker); Deer Clan (within shouting distance of this marker); Wild Potato Clan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wolf Clan (about 400 feet away); Blue Clan (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cherokee Clans
 
Also see . . .  Aniwodi (Red Paint Clan). The people of the Red Paint Clan, or Paint Clan, were also known as the "Corn People." Members of this clan made red paint. This clan is the smallest and most secretive of the groups. Their responsibilities include teaching the knowledge of life, birth, death and regeneration. They also teach of things kept hidden, second sight and illusion, including the ceremonies, rituals and tools needed for these aspects of Cherokee life. They were the only ones allowed to make a special red paint and dye, used for ceremonial purposes and warfare. This clan is known
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for their prominent Medicine People and Conjurors. (Submitted on May 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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