How did my business get it’s name “Cherokee Woman”, you ask ….
Well I am Cherokee on my mother’s side. Her father was cousins with Will Rogers. Cool, right? (I am sure there are millions of people who are related to Will Rogers in some way. But I have always been proud of it.) So that played a small part.
Here is what happened:
When I decided to open my own retail business for Native American Art, I was searching for a name for it and thought of many options but none of them felt right.
One day when I was thinking about that - the song that Paul Revere and The Raiders released in the early 70s about Cherokee Nation started playing in my head, and what I heard in my head was ”Cherokee Woman, Cherokee Tribe, so proud to live, so proud to die….” When that happened, I felt like “Boom” that is the name of my business "Cherokee Woman".
I couldn’t quit singing the song to myself - until it drove me crazy and I looked up the actual lyrics and realized that it didn’t actually say “Cherokee Woman” anywhere instead it was “Cherokee People” - but that is what I heard in my head at that moment and the rest is history … until …
My family has been working on our family tree on Ancestry.com for some time. One day, recently, my sister was checking it out looking for something specific, and said, “OMG, Marta, come here.” I did and she showed me that our 3rd Great Grandmother on the family tree has the name “Cherokee Woman” listed as her name on the actual family tree (see above).
Now, I realize that they probably just didn’t know her actual name, just that she was Cherokee. But when we saw that - I felt chills, goosebumps all over my body and KNEW the name of my business was meant to be Cherokee Woman!!! (We have looked at the family tree many times and have never seen that before!)
So now I feel very much that my ancestors are guiding me in my mission to support Native American Artists! And every time I think about this ‘coincidence’ (if you want to call it that) I feel that my purpose is renewed and supported!!
See the snapshot of our family tree from Ancestry.com above - showing the “Cherokee Woman” detail!!!
Here is the song from YouTube, in case you want to listen: