The Cherokee museum makes great strides in bebunking many myths concerning Native Americans. Although most lived off the land and all had traditions and beliefs that differed from those of the settlers who later came to inhabit the land, the Cherokee were far from the "savages" described by early explorers and embedded in American folklore. The plaque outside the museum honors Sequoyah, the Cherokee who invented the version of the alphabet used by his people. The museum's exhibits also explain the developments in farming and hunting the Cherokee employed during their early years as occupants of the Western North Carolina land. Because the tribe was more organized and prepared than others forced to "relocate" to reservations in Oklahoma, the Cherokee loss of life along the Trail of Tears was substantially less than that suffered by other Native Americans. But that's hardly any consolation to the estimated 4,000 who perished during that long winter in 1838.
Cherokee Indian Wisdom from North Carolina"
One evening an old Cherokee tribe leader told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said “ Grandson, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.”
He continued, “The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought for a moment and then asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The wise Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”