Cherokee ghostings and the haunted south
The translation of other languages is always tricky, but if one Cherokee speaker met another, they would not necessarily say, “Hi, how are you?” Instead they would ask each other if they were flowing well. In reply, they might say that they were flowing peacefully or even unhurriedly. They might also add that they felt upright and balanced. But if they replied in their equivalents of “so so” or “not so good,” they would each know that something was wrong, not just with them but with the energy in which they both lived. Always an individual’s actions implicate him or her in the flow of the world around them, and so life boils down to a constant struggle to remain balanced and to flow well.
The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies
Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified