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Video: Cherokee Elder Johnny Sanders Talks of ‘Old-Time Indians’

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We can learn a lot from our Elders. Cherokee Elder Johnny Sanders talks about his childhood, growing up as one of 10 kids, and living with his grandfather, who he called an “old-time Indian, like me.”

He talks about hunting, catching crawdads, and going to school

“We had to walk about five miles to school,” he says. He also said the way home usually took longer because he and other children played along the way, climbing trees and such. “I miss that too… it would be real late before we got home. Parents would be worried, supper’s already on the table, getting cold.”

He also talks about the herbs and roots used by the Indian doctors.

“We kept those old ladies pretty busy… she came down on horseback,” he says.