Sebastian Terry has an interest in indigenous peoples, from the Aborigines in his native Australia to Native American tribes. He says when you “immerse yourself in their culture, listen to their music, eat their food, and do their customs, you can’t help but resonate with them.” In the latest episode of 100 Things, Terry helps Jody celebrate and connect with her Cherokee origins.
“All her life, Jody has been quite spiritual, but she only recently found out she’s part Cherokee Indian. Previously, she’d wake up and find a poem beside her bed, that she’d jotted down in the middle of the night and there was a lot of connection and reference to Cherokee Indian culture.”
“So we took her out to a reservation called Tahlequah (a city in Cherokee County at the foothills of the Ozarks). We stayed with the people for the day. We had a Cherokee Indian come along as a guide, telling us about history and tradition, and about the challenges of being Cherokee. Then we ended up tomahawk throwing and making blow darts. Later, we were introduced to a Cherokee national treasure, Tommy Wildcat, who helped us make a flute in a traditional way, which we tried to play. It was deeply awesome for Jody and for me.”
Watch the teaser below, then check out the full episode on the go90 app!