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Cherokee Elder Louise Osage Blackhorse tells us about growing up Cherokee.

Video: Cherokee Elder Talks Mud Pies and Penny Candy


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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Submitted by turbojesus on
It's surprising that she spoke the language. As usually it wasn't a good thing to be native american in those days. But I guess it doesn't matter as much if you don't have black hair and dark skin. It's also surprising that she didn't get brucellosis, listeria from drinking unpasteurized milk and butter as my grandmother did that. Developing tuberculosis, metastatic cancer, diabetes