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Cherokee Culture Artifact Replicas|Jewelry|Clothing|Figurines|Art Prints|On Sale|Closeouts Cherokee cultural practices vary from clan to clan, location to location, family to family, or even among individual Cherokee people. The following is general cherokee culture information and may not be true of all Cherokee people. Follow the links within this article for more information. Original Cherokee territories The Cherokee people are best known for their fine baskets usually made from cane, white oak, hickory bark and honeysuckle. Other traditional Cherokee crafts include the carving of soapstone, primarily for pipes, weaving, creation of elaborate dance masks, pottery, beadwork, and various kinds of metalsmiths. Cherokee traditionally buried their dead in the earth as they believed that the plants fed the animals, the animals and plants fed the people, and the people, at their death, should return to the earth and feed the plants. Cherokee men once wore only a breechcloth and moccasins in warm weather.

Weird News from all over Asia Japanese Surnames - Japan Portal Modern Japanese names (日本人の氏名 nihonjin no shimei) usually consist of a family name (surname), followed by a given name. This order is common in Asian countries, while middle names are not generally used. Japanese names are usually written in Chinese characters (漢字 kanji) in Japanese pronunciation. Japanese family names are extremely varied: according to estimates, there are over 100,000 different surnames in use today in Japan. Surnames occur with varying frequency in different regions; for example, the names Chinen (知念), Higa (比嘉), and Shimabukuro (島袋) are common in Okinawa but not in other parts of Japan; this is mainly due to differences between the language and culture of Yamato people and Okinawans. Until the Meiji Period, common Japanese people did not have a family name. Common particles in Japanese surnames The 30 most common Japanese surnames (2010) On February 13, 1875 (明治8年) it was officially decreed that all Japanese must adopt surnames. Links:

Japanite! | Offbeat News and Weird Ideas from Japan Japanese Garb Nanori consisting of a single kanji are either read with the Chinese pronunciation and sounding monosyllabic to Western ears though in actuality two syllables (e.g.; actor Matsudaira Ken); or the Japanese pronunciation utilizing verbal or adjectival forms and are tri-syllabic (e.g.; Takeshi, brave; Tadashi, correct; Shigeru, luxuriant). On the whole, such names seem more modern, as they are more common today than in days past. Azana Given names of two kanji, when read in the Chinese fashion (with Japanese version of the Chinese pronunciation), are more formal-sounding, and lend an academic, cultured (and, yes, often clerical) feel to the name. Frequently the names of plants, things from the arts, seasonal elements, and other “feminine” things were taken for use as women’s names.

Strange and Funny Japan News Chinese designer depicts Eastern vs. Western human behaviors in clever pictographs We almost wonder whether Yang Liu, a Beijing-born designer who has lived in Germany since 1990, was tripping when she put together these hip, riddle-like pictographs that abstractly convey behavioral differences between Westerners and Easterns; or more specifically, Germans and Chinese. Relying on her experiences in Europe and China, Liu put together these clever designs that are a sort of Rorschach test for which region you identify with. We found ourselves staring and trying to figure out what they stood for, then nodding in agreement about one side or the other, but not always the side Liu expected us to identify with. Of course, it’s never good to make gross generalizations about entire groups of people – we’re sure there are a lot of Germans who do sort of meander around what they really want to say hoping the listener will get the hint, and we have plenty of Chinese friends who actually do know how to line up properly. How they prefer to approach problems. How they give opinions.

Now There Are Two Towns That Ban Cell Service If you think you saw representative democracy at its worst during the recent U.S. debt-ceiling standoff, consider the case of Yaremche in western Ukraine. A ski resort in the picturesque foothills of the Carpathian mountains, Yaremche, population 10,000, seized the national spotlight when the town council ordered the local hospital to stop leasing space to mobile-phone companies. The telecom operators used the hospital, located at the center of town, to deploy their base stations, providing cellular coverage to the surrounding area. The town wanted the transmitters gone. People living next door to the hospital have long complained that the base stations' proximity made them unwell. Radiophobia is widespread in Ukraine since the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant not far from the capital, Kiev. The local authorities of Yaremche, however, took the complaints seriously. Locals were not appeased.

In the Details: Putting Wine in a Beer Can Is Not as Simple as It Sounds Posted by Rachel Swaby | 1 Nov 2013 | Comments (11) About a year ago Union Wine Co. decided it needed to do a little rebranding. Ever since the Oregon-based company opened in 2005, it had embraced an unfussy approach to imbibing, but the company realized its message to consumers could be clearer. Ryan Harms, the owner of Union Wine Co., is a firm believer in the saying "it takes a lot of good beer to make good wine." But the company also had a difficult set of parameters to work within. The packaging design for Union Wine's products, including its wine-can prototype, is by Story Manufacturing Co. Union Wine was also up against a problem of the wine itself, which often likes special treatment before being consumed. Harms is half businessman and half winemaker, and he didn't want the business idea to come at the expense of his craft. Because it doesn't have a lot of tannins, the company's Oregon pinot noir fit the bill.

Why Movie Critics Hate Tyler Perry Credit: “Siskel & Ebert At the Movies,” Disney-ABC Domestic Television. This author remembers the first time he discovered Tyler Perry. The year was 2005, and the author worked as an assistant at a Hollywood talent agency. The building was spectacular, the suits were sharp, and movie stars graced the halls. Agents hammered out multimillion-dollar deals with studio execs in corner offices. Being an assistant was considerably less glamorous. But of all the trials the job demanded, one was particularly onerous: the weekend box office report. Harrowing as the experience was, it was educational. One of the biggest surprises crinkled its way through the fax machine on the morning of February 26, 2005. Most critics savaged Diary. “Grandma Madea, who is built along the lines of a linebacker, is a tall, lantern-jawed, smooth-skinned, balloon-breasted gargoyle with a bad wig, who likes to wave a loaded gun and shoot test rounds into the ceiling. Perry’s median Audience Score is 80%. Consider A.O.

The Physics of Doctor Who's Space-Time Ship, Explained in an Actual Scientific Paper Image via Guilherme Sagas on Flickr. Ever wanted to know how the TARDIS from Doctor Who worked, but didn’t have the physics pedigree to take a stab at it? Well, that’s totally fine, because two fans of the show, who conveniently happen to be physicists, just did it for you. In a pair of papers, one aimed at us layfolk and the other for those more comfortable with the Theory of General Relativity, Dr. Before delving into the nitty-gritty of what TARDIS travel might entail, Tippett and Tsang lay out the basics: what general relativity is, the significance of lightcones, and the ins and outs of spacetime geometry. The Doctor's robotic canine companion K9 demonstrates how a curved surface causes his otherwise straight path to curve. With the fundamentals ringing in your head, the researchers address the concepts and limitations of other theories of time travel (Warp Drive, wormholes) before finally detailing the TARDIS scenario. There are other divergences, too. @heyiamlex