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Welcome to Striking Bear's Web Page Yonvgvh

O'Siyo and Wadv for visiting my Web Page. My heritage is Cherokee/Shawnee and Seneca. I am very proud of my heritage and look forward to my journey ahead. My great grandmother, Bessie Lee Howdershelt, was full-blooded Cherokee. She married Franklin H. Mayhew who was 3/4 Shawnee. My Great Grandmother on my father's (Cowder Surname) side was either 3/4 or 1/2 Cherokee. I have not been able to pin that down yet. In addition, my Great Great Great Grandfather on my mother's side, Henry Landis, was full-blooded Seneca. Out of all of my Native Blood, I associate most with the Cherokee. Who knows, we may be related and I would love to hear from you if you are. I have provided some links to my ancestory. Please feel free to browse through it. If you find any missing links, please let me know. On the other hand, if you find any information that you are missing, please use it! You can get to that link by clicking on the Button below:

To tell you a little about myself, I am married with three beautiful children. My name is Yonvgvh or Striking Bear. My wife's name is Saloli or Squirrel. My oldest daughter's name is Usti Squale' wali or Little Nightingale. My son's name is Awohali ugidali or Eagle feather. He will make a great warrior someday. My youngest daughter's name is Wadulisi Gule disgohnihi or Sweet Dove. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Philosophy with a Minor in Russian from Utah State University in 1993. I earned my Masters Degree in Special Education/Rehabilitation Counseling from Utah State University in 1996. I have been working with people with disabilities ever since. I earned a Ph.D in Rehabilitation Counseling from Templeton university in December of 1999. I currently own my own tatto shop as well as selling authentic American Indian Crafts on the internet.

We are all brothers and sisters and are all sons and daughters of the Creator. We all must find our own way back to our Creator. Too many of us do not sit still long enough to find our path. In order to move forward we must sit still. I hope you enjoy my Web Page and the Links Provided. If you have any suggestions for my web page or just want to say hi, please e-mail me. I would love to hear from you!

To those of you who may be new to the Tsalagi and would like to know more about our language, I have included a copy of our syllabary for you to examine Please click on the button below to go to that page:

The Tsalagi language is very beautiful and rich with tradition. If you would like to know more about the language, please visit the following web site linked below. It contains downloadable fonts and dictionaries:

For those of you who might enjoy cooking, I have added a link to a recipe page where you can get some good Tsalagi Recipes. If you have any recipes that you would like to share, please e-mail them to me and I would be happy to place them on my recipe page. Remember, your contributions help to keep the heritage alive and teaches our children the ways of our ancestors. Please click on the button below to go to the recipe link:

I have included a few pictures of tattoos I have done at my tattoo shop. I specialize in Native American designs and really enjoy tattooing. Please click on the button below to go to the tattoo link:

I am an affiliate with Barnes & Nobles Bookstore. I found that one can get great books on our History and Culture as well as books by Native Americans. One book that I recommend is "The Cherokee People." Please check it out! click on the button below to go to the web page:

I would like to thank SilverHawk Creations for the Fine Background Images. They are Fantastic. You can find him at the following link:

Please Visit Some of My Favorite Web Sites

Southern Cherokee Nation Home Page
Cherokee Nation Home Page
Cherokees of California
Southeaster Cherokee Council, Inc.
Native Crafts by Mountain Lion
Timeless Treasures Native American Crafts
Cherokee Trading Post
Native American Flutes By Stellar
300+ Cherokee Links
American Indian Drums