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Name: Chief Kana-gatoga "old Hop" Of ChoteMaleNote
Born: Abt 16901690-1-1 at Chota, Cherokee Nation, East TennesseeChota, Cherokee Nation, East Tennessee
Died: Aug 17611761-8-1 at Chota, Cherokee Nation, East TennesseeChota, Cherokee Nation, East Tennessee
1). John Mcginley.FTW Notes for OLD HOP From Old Frontiers, pg 46 The chief selected as Moytoy s successor was Kana gatoga of Chote, known to the white men as Old Hop because he was lame. His Cherokee name, Kana gatoga means Standing Turkey. Old Hop was an unselfish leader of his people, and was recognized by all as being the actual head of the nation. Even the Little Carpenter, whose influence was unbounded, deferred to the judgment and wishes of Old Hop. Old Hop has been confused by some historians with Oconostota. His name has been variously spelled owing to the difficulty of Cherokee pronunciation, as Conacorte, Kanatuckgo, Cunnicatogue, Conogtocke, etc. The correct Cherokee form is Kana gatoga, from kana turkey and gatoga standing . Old Hop was advanced in age when he was chosen as Moytoy s successor. There are numerous references in the correspondence of the time indicating him as an old man. Governor Lyttleton wrote him in 1756 As I hear you are old and unable to walk to Charles Town, though I very much wish for it, I cannot expect to see you. From Old Frontiers, pg 67 Old Hop in his talk to Demere, gave unusual evidence of patriotism. He said, I am now old and lie upon a bad bearskin. My life is not more than an inch long, and I know not when a bullet may cut it short. I want my brothers Captains Demere and Stuart to remember that the Great Warrior, Oconostota, and his brother are the only two men in the nation that ought to be thought of after my death. It is true that Willenawah and the Little Carpenter are my nephews, but I do not know how they would behave. If I had not remembered what I owe to a country I love, and had in mind to behave like a father, I would recommend my two sons, but I know them to be incapable, and biased by every lie that comes. I do not know how they will turn out, but I do know the others, for drunk or sober, they always admonish the Indians to love the white people. Old Hop died shortly before the end of the Cherokee English war of 1760 1761. Little Carpenter announced his death to the council as noted in Old Frontiers , page 115 Our Headman, Old Hop, is gone to sleep, and the Standing Turkey is come into his room, but he has little to say, being just come to the government. The other chiefs present will remember how strongly Old Hop recommended to the nation to live in peace and friendship with the white people.Note The Standing Turkey referred to in this paragraph is the nephew of Old Hop. From Old Frontiers, pg 46 Old Hop had a nephew, also named Standing Turkey, an active warrior who at his uncle s death served a short time as his successor. It was the younger Standing Turkey who conducted a four day assault upon Fort Loudoun in 1760, and who signed the articles of capitulation of the stronghold. In old Cherokee culture there were generally three leaders in each town village. The Red Chief was the War Chief, he dealt with war, and was in charge of trading and other outside contact. The White Chief was the Peace Chief,he led during peace time and controlled civil affairs. There was also a High Priest or conjuror. A good example is the old city of Echota. This town was headed by Attakullakulla white chief , Oconostota red chief , and Old Hop high priest . I have read that the Wolf Clan and the Paint Clan are sometimes referred to as the Red clan. because of having many of the Red Chiefs coming from its members. This data quite possibly inaccurate use it accordingly.
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