In this episode of “Stories of the Cherokee” with Cherokee storyteller Shawn Crowe, we hear about how the Cherokee have used tobacco in their daily lives for centuries. He shares with us the legend of how tobacco was brought back to the tribe with the geese and the hummingbird. Other legends are discussed about how tobacco was used by the medicine men of the tribe to cure ills and snake bites…and about the symbolic ritual in honoring the four-directions.
Rick Brogden from Cowee Mountain in Macon County. Rick’s grandfather, Tom Rickman, was the owner of the historic (1890s) Rickman General Store. Rick talks about his experiences growing up as a child in the store.