Tuesday, March 17th at 10 am, we will begin packing and loading all the office stuff in our semi to prepare to close our office doors. This is just temporarily until we can get our building set up on our new land. Patricia will continue doing the herbal consults and filling orders from her home and I will continue to handle the tribal business from my home. We need every body who is able to help to please show up starting Tuesday to help us get this done. We need strong backs and good organizers to help this process go faster. If you can’t lift you can still help with the packing and organizing. The address is: 1531 Blount Avenue Guntersville.

Bags crafted and painted by Aodhàn Crawford

Copper bracelets beautifully crafted by Kass Kussman

In honor of Valentine’s Day a Tree of Life accented by two doves, crafted by Judy Dixon

Charlie Mato-Toyela is a master craftsman in flutes and does demonstrations.

 

  Another selection of knives artfully crafted by Dewayne Long.

Two masks beautifully crafted from gourds by Barbara Long.

We are 11 days into the new posts with our daily prayers. True to form I have managed to get buried under paperwork and am just now getting to share the posts of UCAN’s artisans we have highlighted so far this month Ka ga li (pronounced Kah gah lee) – February here on this website. Here are the ones we have posted up to today.

       Wampum Belt made by Bob Upton

 

          Bows made by Tribal Council member George Denmark

       Flintknapped knife made by Joe Collins

     Wampum belt/sash made by Aodhàn Crawford

     Knives crafted by Dewayne Long

     Jewelry crafted by Kass Kussman

     Gustoweh crafted by Bob Upton

     Gourd mask crafted by Barbara Long

     Bows crafted by Tribal Council member George Denmark

     Flintknapped knife by Joe Collins

     handcrafted dreamcatcher by Morningdove Smith

We are looking forward to enjoying many more pictures to share from our artisans. Thank you all for your support. To our UCAN artisans: Please keep these pictures coming in. Email your photos to: dixonzoo@aol.com. The more pictures we have to share the longer we can keep this going. Let’s see if we can keep this going a whole year. 

 

There has been such an amazing response to our donations request I am posting a revised list here.
The only items remaining on the list for donations are:
56 gallon trash bags (these are construction bags)
 
2 lbs of Ant Killer
 
Candy for candy dance – Morningdove and Skyhawk donated 4 bags of candy, but I am leaving it on the list because we can never have too much candy. The more candy the more candy dances we can do.
 
5 gallons of Crisco Canola Oil (this needs to be this specific type oil as it does best for cooking the fry bread)
 
Thank you all for your support. The address of our office is: 1531 Blount Avenue / Guntersville, AL. Our hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am – 2:45 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am – 4 pm.

If you are able to donate any of the items on the list please email me at dixonzoo@aol.com or ucanonline@bellsouth.net and let me know which items you will be donating and be sure to have them in our office by February 21st.  If you are not able to donate an item needed and would like to help we would appreciate cash donations. PowWow cost between $5,000 and $6,000 to put on, so all donations are welcome and very appreciated. You can go to our website at www.ucantribe.com and click on the donate button if you use PayPal, otherwise you can send your donation to: UCAN/PowWow funds / PO Box 754 / Guntersville, AL 35976. Thank You for all your support. Principal Chief Judy Dixon

The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission Scholarship application for 2020 is available for printing. The deadline to have your application in our office will be March 3, 2020. Kasey Chamblee will be over these applications again this year. She will review each packet and make sure all the necessary paperwork and volunteer hours were met. If there is anything needed to correct the applications she will be the one to contact you.
You can use the link below to get the application:

Beginning in February 2020 there is going to be a change in how the daily prayer and word of the month is posted.

Instead of me picking a picture that ‘catches my eye’ with our daily prayer and word of the month I would like to begin highlighting some of our artisan’s crafted items. I would like all of our artisans to please email me or private message me via Facebook, pictures of your crafted items. I will then pick a picture to post with our prayers each day for as long as I have pictures to choose from. The only requirement is that you must be an enrolled citizen of our tribe and have a valid email address that can be included with your picture for anyone wanting to inquire about any of your crafted items they may be interested in. If I have time to include them on our website each day I will make every effort to do so, but my schedule may not always allow me to do this. This is your opportunity to show off whatcha got. Let’s see how long we can show off your beautiful work.

Thank you! Principal Chief Judy Dixon

dixonzoo@aol.com

 

 

 

I dropped the ball once again. I had every intention of posting our word of the month and got as far as the word for August -U na do da quo nv hi (pronounced oo nah doh dah kwoh nuh hee) – Monday. But then September came sneaking up on me and preparations for putting on the End of the Trail PowWow in Waterloo and I neglected to put up our word for that month – Ta li ne i ga (pronounced Tah lee nay ee gah) – Tuesday. As September snuck away in came October and our word for that month was Tso i ne i ga (pronounced Joh ee nay ee gah) – Wednesday.  Then came the holiday season with our word for November – Nv gi ne i ga (pronounced Nuh gee nay ee gah) – Thursday. Finishing the year off with Tsu na gi lo s di (pronounced Joo nah gee loh ss dee) – Friday.  

Here it is January and our new word of the month is U na do da qui de na (pronounced oo nah doh dah dwee day nah) – Saturday. What a mouthful! 

Next month we will begin practicing the Cherokee word for the month. So February starts our new calendar of practice and maybe 2020 will be the year I remember to post our word of the month. I have an idea I am working on to go with this. Stay tuned and lets see where this new year takes us and if my idea works out or not. 

Thank you for all your support and patience!

Chief Judy Dixon