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Cherokee Elder Jim McGee talks growing up Cherokee and fighting with his brother.

Video: Cherokee Elder Talks Arrowhead Hunting and Fighting With His Brother


Cherokee Elder Jim McGee grew up on his grandmother’s allotted land, a 160-acre farm. He did farm chores, played made-up games, and fought with his older brother.

“The winters seemed like they were much worse then than they are now… we would slide on the ice during the winter days,” he says in the video.

His brother is four years older than him, and “he got first pick on everything it seemed like to me, I always resented that,” McGee says.

McGee grew up looking for arrowheads, which were abundant on the creek. “One time I found a real small bird arrowhead, perfectly made, and my brother asked to see… then he wouldn’t give it back… I pulled me a cornstalk and hit him with that,” McGee says laughing.

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