Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Elder Raymond Hummingbird, who walked on just after his 93rd birthday on December 28, 2015, is remembered in this video interview he did for the Cherokee Nation.

Video: In Memory of Raymond Hummingbird

ICTMN Staff
2/14/16

Cherokee Elder Raymond Hummingbird, who walked on just after his 93rd birthday on December 28, 2015, is remembered in this video interview he did for the Cherokee Nation.

In the video, Hummingbird talks about starting school at the age of 10, when his father decided he should learn English. “We had to walk about three miles to school,” Hummingbird says.

He remembers making their own checkerboards and using buttons as game pieces.

“I used to hang my head out the window… and sit there for hours because once a week a car [would] come by,” he says. That man would take orders from his mother, for things like thread and needles, and he would bring the items back the next week. “He didn’t go to Wal-Mart, there was no such thing.”

Hummingbird talks about the doctors they used, and how back then most children were born at home, like he was on December 22, 1922.

He talks about food: “We ground our own corn, and made our cornmeal… we had cherry trees, peach trees, and apple trees,” he says. “We didn’t waste nothing.”

See what else he has to say:

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