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DRAGGING CANOE - 1740-1792

Dragging Canoe, Cherokee warrior and leader of the Chickamaugas, was born in one of the Overhill towns on the Tennessee River, the son of the Cherokee diplomat Attakullakulla. Historians have identified Dragging Canoe as the greatest Cherokee military leader. Even at an early age Dragging Canoe wanted to be a warrior. He once asked his father to include him in a war party against the Shawnees, but Attakullakulla refused. Determined to go, the boy hid in a canoe, where the warriors found him. His father gave the boy permission to go--if he could carry the canoe. The vessel was too heavy, but undaunted, the boy dragged the canoe. Cherokee warriors encouraged his efforts, and from that time, he was known as Dragging Canoe.

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"Whole Indian Nations have melted away like snowballs in the sun before the white man's advance. They leave scarcely a name of our people except those wrongly recorded by their destroyers. Where are the Delaware’s? They have been reduced to a mere shadow of their former greatness. We had hoped that the white men would not be willing to travel beyond the mountains. Now that hope is gone. They have passed the mountains, and have settled upon Tsalagi (Cherokee) land. They wish to have that usurpation sanctioned by treaty. When that is gained, the same encroaching spirit will lead them upon other land of the Tsalagi (Cherokees). New cessions will be asked. Finally the whole country, which the Tsalagi (Cherokees) and their fathers have so long occupied, will be demanded, and the remnant of the Ani Yvwiya, The Real People, once so great and formidable, will be compelled to seek refuge in some distant wilderness. There they will be permitted to stay only a short while, until they again behold the advancing banners of the same greedy host. Not being able to point out any further retreat for the miserable Tsalagi (Cherokees), the extinction of the whole race will be proclaimed. Should we not therefore run all risks, and incur all consequences, rather than to submit to further loss of our country? Such treaties may be alright for men who are too old to hunt or fight. As for me, I have my young warriors about me. We will hold our land." - Chief Dragging Canoe, Chickamauga Tsalagi (Cherokee) 1775

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     The history of the Chickamauga Cherokee started long before Dragging Canoe jump to his feet at a meeting his father Chief Atakullakulla's- had call in the 1775. The Chickamauga at that time were only Cherokee, and had all way carry the fight to protect the Cherokee Nation, but from meeting as far back as 1756 their had been talk of moving in the ways of the white man. And even Dragging Canoe as a 12 year old boy new it was his duty to fight for and defend the lands of the Cherokee , it was the Law of the Cherokee that no one can sell trade , or give away the lands of the Cherokee, if so you would be put to death.

    Dragging Canoe wish to be a warrior so bad he took and pull a fully loaded war canoe into the water be cause his father told him it was the only way he could be a warrior, so he did just that, he pull it into the water full loaded, in front of all the warrior so his father had no choose in the matter but keep his word.

    Dragging Canoe listen to his father talks of what he had saw in the lands across the great waters when he was taken to England, and the White king father told him they would have to pay their on way back to the New World if they wish to go home, he talk about all the people , that their was more than the stars in the heaven, of all the village with so , so many lodge's more than the eyes can count.

    Young Dragging Canoe from before he was ever 12 years old listen to what his father had to say, he new that one day , we had hoped the white men would not be willing to travel beyond the mountains. Now that hope is gone. They passed the mountains, and have settle upon Cherokee lands. They wish to have that usurpation sanctioned by treaty. When that is gained, the same encroaching spirit will lead them upon other land of the Cherokees. New cessions will be asked. Finally the whole country, which the Cherokee and their father have so long occupied, will be demanded, and the remnant of the Ani-Yunwiya, The Real People, once so great and formidable, will be compelled to seek refuge in some distant wilderness. There they will be permitted to stay only a short while, until they again behold the advancing banners of the same greedy host. Not being able to point out any further retreat for the miserable Cherokee, the extinction of the whole race will be proclaimed. Should we not therefore run all risks, and incur all consequences, rather than submit to further laceration of our country? Such treaties may be all right for men who are too old to hunt or fight. As for me, I have my young warriors about me. We will have our lands.

     If Dragging Canoe had not die in 1792 fighting for what he believe in , and for what the Cherokee had all way believe in up to that time , and if he was still here to day he would say , these treaty's the white man has ask us to sign and agree to, they will do a way with , and they did in the late 1880's, which they call the end of the Treaty period , He would tell you the time would come when they will kill our people for because they are doing our Ceremony', and they did , ( wound knee ), and past laws to stop these ceremony until the 1930's, before we could do them again, he would tell you hundreds of reason, and they would all be true. He would tell you that our on people who choose to follow the white mans way, would wage their war of word to finish what was once's so great and formidable people, that their will be no place for the remnant of the Ani-Yunwiya, (The Real People ),  At that time the white man will have won, there are no more Ani-Yunwiya.

      This is what Dragging Canoe would have to tell you if he was still here, A people who's job it was to fight for and to defend this lands for thousands of years will be no more, why because the one's in Oklahoma, the White Man got to them, and they sold all of us out , the warnning he gave us was not enough, we never new depredation, the laying waste and plundering, or deprecate the express disapproval and belittling of people and plain discrimnition against a race of people to a point they wish them remove from the face of Mother Earth, they are getting close to winning this war , that had change into a war of words, which they have all way been the master of, they live by words that they can break , we live by our hearts, and are easily fool. But this war has been going on for a very long time from the early 1700 ,  they change the name to the Creek war, and then the Seminole war, but know matter how you wish to try to re-spell it or say it , it is and still is and will all way be the Chickamauga War, and Dragging Canoe told you it was going to happen this way and it did, the writing is on the winds of time, only by changing the way people think can we have any chance to turn this around. After the meeting Dragging Canoe, and many of his follower when on the war path thought North Carolina, Georgia , Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia , and as far North as Ohio, with Chief Little Turtle, Chief Doublehead, Benge, John Watts, The Wolf, Glass, Trutle at Home, Richard Justice,Billy Bowleggs Halpatter Micco Born 1795 War Chief under Chief Phippe Alabama, The Otter, Billy Bowlegg Halata Micco born 1810 Florida Seminole, in battle in the North under Chief Little Turtle in 1790 that kill half of General Harmon Solders , less than a year later, Chief Little Turtle was in a Battle with General St. Clair kill over half of his 1400 solders, We lost the Battle against General Mad Wayne, because Chief Little Turtle pull his warriors out of the fight, the Chickamauga return South  to Chattanooga Tennessee still carry of the fight for our Home land. John Watts, after the death of Dragging Canoe in 1792, when against all Dragging Canoe wish and try to talk a treaty with The United State , but it did not work , in time the Chickamauga make up of the Choctaw , Chickasaw, Creek, Shawnee and Cherokee move in to Muscle Shoale, Alabama but General Andrew Jackson and his Army from Tennessee move against the Chickamauga  so they when deeper into Alabama to Indian Creek just South of Horseshoe Bend, they took warrior to aid Chief Red Eagle at Fort Mims killing around 498, and part move back to Horseshoe Bend were Andrew Jackson came with his Solders, many die at Horseshoe Bend, many when under ground, many move in to Florida, some when West, but the war when on, they change the name from the Chickamauga war, to the Creek War, to the Seminole war, then the Billy Bowleggs War (Billy Bowleggs Halata Micco born 1810 Seminole), But the Truth of the matter is it still was the Chickamauge war . We have never laid down before anyone, The Chickamauga were and still are the Greatest fight force on Mother Earth.

 

 

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