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Video: Cherokee Elder Talks Mud Pies and Penny Candy

Cherokee Elder Louise Osage Blackhorse talks about making mud pies, penny candy, being a tomboy, and dime movies when she was growing up.
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Cherokee Elder Louise Osage Blackhorse tells us about growing up Cherokee. 

Blackhorse recalls making (and sometimes tasting) mud pies, “because we didn’t have anything else to play with; we made our own toys,” she says in the video. She also recalls making paper dolls out of shoeboxes and magazines.

Growing up on a farm is hard work. Blackhorse remembers hulling pinto beans, and milking the nine cows her family had at just 10 years old.

“I used to help a lot because I was the oldest, and they put me to work more than the rest of them,” she laughs.

She tells viewers she was more of a tomboy growing up; she liked helping her father work on cars. She also grew up playing basketball on a dirt court, and speaking Cherokee.

Blackhorse recalls penny candy, and paying a dime to see a movie and just a nickel for popcorn.

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