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|(1) - The Name that is Given to the child at birth which is what he will be known by the tribe.
name given to the child at birth is what he will be called by his
parents and the tribe, but it is not the name he will consider his true
(2) - Food from the point of a Knife
a baby is born and when that child is ready to take his first bite of
meat the father places the meat of a knife point and is given to the
child at the point of a knife so that the child learns to appreciate
the value of the sharpened knife. In ancient times the knives
were made from sharpened from flint and a wooden handle was carved and
the flint was formed into a grove in the wood and tied with dear skin
leather straps which had been soaked in water. When it dried it
had shrunk in size and was tight in place.
(3) - The Wilderness, the Tree Stump and the Darkness
a young Cherokee boy reaches the age of 12 or 14 his father takes him
into the woods. The boy seated on a tree stump blindfolded
and is left alone there for the entire night. He is instructed by
his father that he is must not remove the blindfold or leave the stump
until the morning rays of the sun strike his face and penetrate through
the blind fold. He can not cry out for help to anyone or to make
a move and he must remain there bravely all night sitting on the tree
stump. Once he survives the night he is welcomed back where he is
considered to have begun to enter into his manhood. He must not
tell any of the other boys of his trials he endured through that night
since every young boy must enter into manhood on his own. It is
natural for the boy to be absolutely terrified during this
ordeal. In the woods he hears all kinds of frightening things and
his mind runs away with him as he experiences the lack of sleep.
Wild beast of the Wilderness could be all around him and ready to eat
him at any moment. Perhaps even humans could be there to harm
him. The wind blows through the Trees and the grass and the tree
limbs crackle and the sound of distant coyotes and wolves sound but he
must remain and appearing to be unconcerned. He must never remove the
blindfold and he must remain as if frozen to that tree stump. He
knows that this is the only way that he can now be accepted back into
the tribe as passing the first degree of manhood.
last the rays of the morning sun shines on his face and the light of
the sun penetrate the blindfold which he can now remove. It was
at that moment that he discovered that his father had been sitting on
all night on a tree stump next to him all night and had been there to
protect his young son from any possible harm through the night.
This is but one of the methods of bringing out the courage and strength
of a young boy.
(4) - The Name the boy selects which only he and the Great Spirit will know
true name is the name which he himself has selected after he has past
the initial Trial of The Wilderness, the Tree Stump and the
Darkness. That name will only be known by himself and the Great
Spirit. He must never tell this name to anyone. It is the
way that he will be able distinguish between the Great Spirit and the
evil or mischievous spirits who will attempt to convince him he is
hearing the voice of the Great Spirit.
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