Twentieth Century Literary Club

The Oct. 21 meeting of the Twentieth Century Literary Club was held at the home of Judy Welp, who also presented the program. The minutes of the Sept. 16 meeting were read and the treasurer’s report was given. It was decided future meetings of the Twentieth Century Literary Club will begin at 2 p.m. and, as usual, will be on the third Wednesday of the month. 

Judy Welp reported on the book “Kohkumthena’s Grandchildren, The Shawnee” by Dark Rain Thom, published in 1994. Dark Rain Thom is the Water Panther Clan Mother of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band of Ohio. Dark Rain is a voting member of Council and a teacher respected by her people in the ancient Shawnee oral and historical traditions. The author relates the oral traditions of the Shawnee through the framework of sacred relics coming to life and telling their stories to a young Shawnee boy. 

There is a Great House in the Shawnee village. In the Great House is a sacred bundle guarded by a Watcher. The young boy is training to be a watcher and goes to the Great House to be trained by the old watcher. The old watcher often falls asleep and while the boy is waiting, items in the sacred bundle come out to speak to him; items such as a stone masks, or copper items like knives, and money or masks. They explain their history. At times the young boy is transported to be among the Indians. 

One story told by the mask is how the Shawnee came to be in North America. For centuries, they lived in Mexico under the rules of the Mayans. The Mayans were conquered by the Aztecs who mistreated the Shawnee. The Shawnee had heard stories of ancestors who had traveled by water through the Gulf of Mexico by Cuba to what is now North America. They decided to leave and go to North America. After a long time traveling to reach the North American continent, they camped by a river for the night. Suddenly, they heard voices on the other side of the river, recognized their own language, and were reunited with their own people, who had gone before them. The story continues on with the boy learning of the past of the Shawnee of Indiana. The story of Tecumseh and the Prophet are covered. 

The next meeting of the Twentieth Century Literary Club will be Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the home of Pat Riley, who will also present the program.

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