Manataka American Indian Council

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"The Raven Speaks"

This painting was commissioned by Paulette S. Policy, who is an avid reader of Raven Hail's poems and work. Paulette wanted to have a piece done to remember Raven Hail and desired to have her dressed in her Cherokee attire.


Raven Hail (Awo~Go-la-nv) (1921-2005) was a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She was the editor of The Raven Speaks, a monthly journal of Cherokee culture, and also wrote The Raven's Tales, Windsong, The Pleiades Stones, and Cherokee Astrology. Raven Hail was a great poet and writer.


Raven Hail was born in 1921 near Dewey in Washington County, Oklahoma. She spent two years at Oklahoma State University and one at Southern Methodist University. Among the diverse accomplishments of Raven Hail are a recording, The Raven Sings, consisting of Native American songs; The Raven and the Redbird, a three-act play about the life of Sam Houston and his Cherokee wife.


Raven Hail, noted Cherokee author and lecturer, passed away October 14, 2005, in Asheville, North Carolina. A member of the Bird Clan, and was raised on her mother's Cherokee land allotment near Welch. She attended West Anthracite and Prairie Center country schools. She studied at Oklahoma State University and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Ms. Hail was a member of the Western Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and is listed in Ohoyo One Thousand (1982), Native American Women (1993), the Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian (1995), and The Encyclopedia of North American Indians (12 volumes, 1997).


Books by Raven Hail:

The Raven and the Redbird : Sam Houston and his Cherokee wife - 1965

The Magic Word - 1971

Native American Foods: Foods the Indians Gave Us - 1979

Windsong, Texas Cherokee Princess: Adventures of Rebecca Bowles - 1986

The Raven Speaks : Cherokee Indian lore in Cherokee and English - 1987

The Pleiades Stones : a journey into the unknown magic crystal - 1988

Ravensong : Cherokee Indian poetry - 1995

The Cherokee Sacred Calendar : handbook of ancient Native American Tradition - 2000


Written by a tribal elder, "The Cherokee Sacred Calendar" provides an easy-to-use format for determining what signs and numbers rule the day of your birth and what influence they have on your destiny. Explains the ancient astrological system sacred to the Cherokee and how to use it in the modern world.  Provides easy-to-use format for determining what signs and numbers rule the day of your birth and what influence they have on your destiny. Includes a traditional Cherokee ephemeris through 2015.  An essential aspect of Cherokee religion is the belief that everything on Earth is the reflection of a star. This includes not only people and animals but also trees, rivers, stones, and mountains--all sentient beings to the Cherokee. Astrology has always played a strong role in the Cherokee tradition because of this belief, but unlike our Western system of astrology, Cherokee astrology is based on a 260-day Venus calendar, which includes 20 individual day signs and 13 numbers. It was the task of the Cherokee daykeeper to coordinate this calendar with those of the Sun and the Moon to determine the most auspicious times for ceremonies as well as to understand the star wisdom carried back to Earth by each newborn child. The day sign of a child explains his or her strengths and weaknesses; the number explains the individualís role in the great cosmic scheme.  Raven Hail, an elder of the Cherokee nation, provides insightful descriptions for each of the twenty signs that identify characteristics of those born under a particular day sign and gives the meanings of the thirteen numbers that determine the significance of that sign in the larger scheme of life. The author has translated the traditional Cherokee ephemeris into an easy-to-use format that allows readers to quickly determine which sign rules the day of their birth and which number has influence over it. - Soft Cover, 152pp.  October 1999.  ISBN 9781591430872  $ 19.95 + s/h