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Radio Portraits inspired from women's diaries written 1779-1959

Nanye'hi (Nancy Ward)1738-1822
Cherokee Beloved Woman

Speeches in 1781, 1785

Nanyi'hi (Nancy Ward) - When still a teenager, Nanyi'hi accompanied her warrior husband into battle against the Creek Indians. When he fell mortally wounded in battle, she picked up his weapon and lead the Cherokee warriors onto a decisive victory. For this she was given the title of Beloved Woman, and earned respect as a communicator at treaty negotiations. Though she saved many settlers lives, she saw the destruction of her own native culture in her lifetime.


Beloved Woman of the Cherokee

You who have plundered our lands and hunting grounds
We women were never consulted about these treaties that have been broken
Now we are here of our own account to speak
You think that women are looked upon as nothing,
But we are your mothers, you are our sons.
Our cry is all for peace
Let your women hear our words
Let your women's sons be our sons, our sons be yours
This peace must last forever,
For I have seen much trouble during the late wars

I am not young, but I hope to yet bear children
Who will grow up and people this nation
The words that I give are my own,
And from the warriors in my town
They rejoice that we have peace,
I rejoice we have peace
And hope that the chain of friendship will never be broken

Cherokee Peace Pipe Song

Hi no he ye ni Hi no he ni Hi no he ye ni
Hi no he ye ni Hi no he ni Hi no he ni

Special thanks to The Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Council, Robert Bushyhead, (translation), Nat Shiedly, Lynn Harlan, Jean Bushyhead and Kurt Mayer, Library of Congress.

Cherokee Song Sources:
Walker Calhoun, Where the Raven's Roost,
(audio Tape) published by Mountain Heritage Center

Song Sources:
Speeches cited in Nathaniel Green papers
, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and American State Papers, Class 2: Indian Affairs (Washington, DC, 1832),1:41

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