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I wish...

It's times like right now that I kick myself so much for selling my old Mustang. Because the mood I'm in right now, nothing would suit me better than to climb into the cockpit, put some 20 year old Heavy Metal into the tape deck and take off on a windy country backroad. Speeding up on curves to almost the point where I can feel the back end begin to slide out on me. Seeing just how fast I can go without losing it. Not that I really cared back then if I did lose it or not. Yeah, I'm in that kind of mood right now. My life is getting complex again. Nothing like cheating death a little to really make you feel alive again. God's I miss drag racing on Friday and Saturday nights. I saw this sweet Mach 1 for sale over the weekend so maybe that's what has me thinking about the Mustang again. Or maybe it's a mid-life crisis kicking in but MAN, the feeling of going over 100 mph down a two lane road right next to some other maniac in a hot car. Stereos blasting out AC/DC or Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. Encountering another car in front of me, and having to decided in a split second whether to slam on my brakes or try to go around him on the shoulder and risk rolling my car. Oh the adrenalin rush of knowing if I didn't win, I was going to lose my car. Getting right up next to the other guy going 80 or so and dropping the gears from drive into second and hearing the shift kit chirp and being slammed back against the seat while the car rocketed from 80 to over 100 in a few seconds. Flying across the makeshift finish line laid down with field marking chalk earlier and seeing a cloud of white dust go up around me. All my friends there cheering for me and getting ready to run their races. Collecting the other guy's car title, my hands still shaking from the rush.

I feel the need for a little speed right now.



May. 20th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have. actually that is the parent group of the branch I belong to. The deal was when the Shawnee were pushed out of Ohio in the early 1800's by the US government, Several Shawnee under Tecumseh decided to stay there. Tecumseh never signed a treaty with the government thus the ones who stayed behing never got federal recognition. The ones that agreed to go to Oklahoma signed a treaty and are now federally recognized. here is an excerpt from the URB website on the history.

After Tecumseh's death in 1813, most of his warriors and their families decided to remain together as a Shawnee group. By 1840's there were 36 Shawnee communities existing in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and a few other states. Thick Water, who was Tecumseh's first cousin, best friend, first warrior, and personal body guard, became the "leader" of this Remnant Shawnee group. Tecumseh's children and other family members went to Oklahoma after Tecumseh's death. Most members of the Shawnee Nation URB are descendants of the remnant families who lived in the 36 Shawnee communities.
The Remnant Shawnee leadership continued through Thick Water's line for 7 generations to today's date. Thick Water's name in Shawnee is Paughp which eventually became Pope. Hawk Pope, a direct decendant of Cornstalk,Tekonsha, and Thick Water, was elected "Chief" by his people in 1971 when he was 30 years old.
The Shawnee Nation, URB reorganized in 1971 gathering the remaining Shawnee decendants from the 36 communities. the time of reorganization the Remnant Band had 312 people on its rolls. By 1995, the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band numbered over 600 members. After genealogical proof of at least 1/16 Shawnee blood and two full years of probationary time, the Shawnee Coucil takes a vote on whether or not to accept a petitioner into the Tribe. Meeting all requirements does not automatically guarantee full Tribal status.

My sister and our chief actully know Hawk Pope and it was he who gave them permission to form the South Eastern Alliance of Shawnee in NC. He gave them sacred gifts as well to get started with. I've seen a few of them and held one of them. Pretty powerful stuff.

There is a bit of "conflict" between the western Shawnee in OK and the URB which is probably why your manuscript does not mention them. Sort of like the differences between the Cherokee in NC and the ones in OK.



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