The Sacred Fire
The fire is very sacred to traditional Cherokees. It is built at the
bottom of a pit below the ground, and burns constantly. It is believed
by traditional Cherokees that soon after creation of the Cherokee people,
the Creator left his throne in Heaven and visited the earth.
He chose four Cherokee men who were strong, healthy, good and true,
and believed with all of their heart in the Creator. They were each
given a name: Red, Blue, Black and Yellow. Each was given a wooden stick
that was very straight,and was told to place one end of the stick on
a surface that would
not burn. He said to place the other end in their hands, and start this
that would not burn to magically burn... by giving the sticks a circular,
motion. When this was done, and all the sticks were burning, they
were told to go to the center of the cross, and there the four would
start one singular fire. This fire would burn for all time, and be the
The fire was started with the instructions and help of the Creator.The
Sacred Fire has been held since that time by the Cherokee, and is kept
alive by the Chief, Assistant Chief, Firekeeper,and Assistant Firekeepers
of the Ground.
Today, there are over 200,000 Cherokee tribal members. Although some
have chosen to worship through other religious denominations (Indian
Baptist, Methodist, etc.), many continue to worship at regular Stomp
Dances and are members of one of the several Grounds in Cherokee Nation.
Each ground has its own unique protocol and differences, but the general
worship is similar with the same intention.