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Cherokee Writings in Alabama Cave Whisper of Sacred Sport, Nose Bleeds, and the Old Ones

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by N.Morgan

For the first time in recent history, a team of scholars and archaeologists has recorded and interpreted Cherokee inscriptions in Manitou Cave , Alabama.

These inscriptions reveal evidence of secluded ceremonial activities at a time of crisis for the Cherokee, who were displaced from their ancestral lands and sent westward on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

“These are the first Cherokee inscriptions ever found in a cave context, and the first from a cave to be translated,” said Jan Simek, president emeritus of the University of Tennessee System and Distinguished Professor of Science in UT’s Department of Anthropology. Simek is a co-author of the study “Talking Stones: Cherokee Syllabary in Manitou Cave, Alabama,” published recently in Antiquity.

“They tell us about what the people who wrote on the walls were doing in the cave and provide a direct link to how some Native Americans viewed caves as sacred places .”

Cherokee inscriptions – this syllabary was translated as “leaders of the stickball team on the 30th day in their month April 1828.” Source: A. Cressler / Fair Use.

Cherokee Inscriptions Research

The research team that worked to understand the nature and meaning of these historic inscriptions included scholars from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees, and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma as well as Euro-American archaeologists.

 

Manitou Cave of Alabama where the Cherokee inscriptions were found. (Annettereynolds / CC BY-SA 4.0 )

The researchers concentrated on two main groups of Cherokee inscriptions found in Manitou Cave, a popular tourist site near Fort Payne, Alabama. Until now, indigenous uses of the cave had been unrecorded, as typical archaeological evidence like artifacts or deposits have been removed during its time as a tourist attraction.

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The Cherokee Inscriptions

The first inscription records an important ritual event that took place in 1828, translated as “The leaders of the stickball team on the 30th day in their month April 1828.” A nearby inscription reads “We who are those that have blood come out of their nose and mouth.”

Stickball is a Cherokee sport similar to lacrosse.

“It is far more than a simple game,” Simek said. “It is a ceremonial event that often continues over days, focusing on competition between two communities who epitomize the spirit and power of the people and their ancestors.”

Cherokee stickball is a ceremonial event – before the match players and their supporters passed the night in singing, dancing, and soliciting divine support. (Yarnalgo / Public Domain )

The second series of inscriptions is located on the ceiling nearer to the entrance of the cave.

“The ceiling inscriptions are written backwards, as if addressing readers inside the rock itself,” Simek said. “This corresponds with part of one inscription which reads ‘I am your grandson.’ This is how the Cherokee might formally address the Old Ones, which can include deceased Cherokee ancestors as well as comprise other supernatural beings who inhabited the world before the Cherokee came into existence.”

Beau Duke Carroll and Julie Reed in Manitou Cave, with Cherokee syllabary visible on the ceiling. (A. Cressler / Fair Use )

The Cherokee Inscriptions Analyzed

The inscriptions analyzed by researchers indicate that caves like Manitou were seen by the Cherokee as spiritually potent places where wall embellishment was appropriate in the context of ceremonial action. 

Since their work in Manitou Cave, the researchers have identified several caves with similar inscriptions. They will continue to collaborate as scholars from the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes and archaeologists.

“Our research has shown that the Cherokee voice in Alabama did, in fact, outlast the Trail of Tears,” Simek said.

“We will continue to document and protect these previously unknown records of indigenous American history and culture.”

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Cherokee syllabary inscription from 1.5 kilometers / .93 miles into Manitou Cave – average element vertical height approximately 80 millimeters / 3.15 inches. (A. Cressler / Fair Use )

References:

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/cherokee-inscriptions-0011731

The article ‘ Cherokee inscriptions in Alabama cave interpreted ’ was originally published in Science Daily.

Source: University of Tennessee at Knoxville. “ Cherokee inscriptions in Alabama cave interpreted .” Science Daily. Science Daily . 10 April 2019.

Stories Contributed by N. Morgan

 

 

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    • Slimey

      Hello Angle #3,

      Charlie here. Nothing about doughnuts? I’m kinda disappointed here. Sad really…. But that’s OK when I get sad I eat lots of doughnuts! :lol: :lol:

      But those don’t look like ancient writings. I don’t consider writings from 200 years ago ancient. These games sound familiar to Mayan soccer or Roman gladiator sports. It seems every society had violent “blood” sports.

      We have boxing, football, MMA, etc. Humans just desire violence and competition. Come join our society. We only have all-you-can-eat doughnut competition. It’s peacefool, fun and did I tell you can eat all the doughnuts you want?? :lol: :lol:

      Signed,

      Charlie (I have won the all-you-can-eat competition so much they finally kicked me out) :arrow: :neutral:

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