Kanagatoga "Old Hop" Moytoy (Uku of Chota), First Beloved Man of the Cherokee (c.1690 - 1761) MP

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Nicknames: "Kanagatucko", "Old Hop", "Ka Na Fire", ""Standing Turkey" Hopper of Chota", "Old Hop; Moytoy Hopper; Hop Moytoy"
Birthplace: Chota, Little Tennessee River, Tennessee, United States
Death: Died in Chota On Little, Tennessee, United States
Occupation: Full Blood Cherokee (Wolf Clan), Cherokee Chief
Managed by: Susanna Barnevik
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About Kanagatoga "Old Hop" Moytoy (Uku of Chota), First Beloved Man of the Cherokee

Kanagatucko, known in English as Standing Turkey or Old Hop,[1] was a Cherokee elder, serving briefly as the principle Chief of the Cherokee from 1758-1761, when he died. The European settlers knew him as Old Hop because he was lame.[2]

Kanagatucko is often confused with his kinsman Oconostota, who used the title "Stalking Turkey." Old Hop was the uncle of Attacullaculla, who was better known as Little Carpenter.

Anthropologist and Native American historian Fred Gearing described Old Hop's career:

When Cherokees had differences among themselves, Old Hop had a great capacity to bring them together. Typically, he avoided making decisions himself... He was extremely cool-headed and patient with the more precipitate of the Cherokees around him. In short, Old Hop was the near-perfect embodiment of the Cherokee ideas about proper leadership behavior, that is, unusually circumspect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanagatucko

Kana-gatoga "Standing Turkey"

Caneecatee

Old Hop

the Fire King of Chota

Uku of Chota

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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.

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Old Frontiers, pg 67;

Old Hop in his talk to Demere, gave his 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 [Amo-Scossite?], 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."

More About OLD HOP:

Blood: Full Blood Cherokee

Chief: Bet. 1741 - 1761, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation

Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf Clan (Quatsy)

Translation: Gv-na-ga-do-ga = Standing Turkey

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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.

http://www.e-familytree.net/F240/F240901.htm

Chief Old Hop Moytoy "Standing Turkey" HOPPER of Chota

1690 - Aug 1761

ID Number: I70934

   * TITLE: Chief
   * OCCUPATION: "Kanagatoga" also know as Fireking and Emperor of the Cherokees
   * RESIDENCE: Chota, Cherokee National East TN
   * BIRTH: 1690, Chota, Cherokee National East (Tennessee) on the Little Tennessee River
   * DEATH: Aug 1761, Chota, Cherokee National East, Tennessee
   * RESOURCES: See: [S2706] [S3020] 

Father: Amatoya Moytoy of Chota

Mother: Quatsy Wolf Clan of Tellico

Family 1 :

  1. +Sookie "Granny" HOPPER 

-------------------- Kanagatucko, known in English as Old Hop, (the Cherokee translates as Stalking Turkey), was a Cherokee elder, serving briefly as the First Beloved Man of the Cherokee from 1753 until his death in 1760. Settlers of European ancestry referred to him as Old Hop because he was lame.

Old Hop was the uncle of Attakullakulla, who was better known as Little Carpenter.

Anthropologist and Native American historian Fred Gearing described Old Hop's career:

When Cherokees had differences among themselves, Old Hop had a great capacity to bring them together. Typically, he avoided making decisions himself... He was extremely cool-headed and patient with the more precipitate of the Cherokees around him. In short, Old Hop was the near-perfect embodiment of the Cherokee ideas about proper leadership behavior, that is, unusually circumspect

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Kanagatoga "Old Hop" Moytoy, First Beloved Man of the Cherokee's Timeline

1690
1690
Chota, Little Tennessee River, Tennessee, United States
1730
1730
Age 40
Chota, Cherokee Nation, Tennessee, United States
1745
1745
Age 55
Patawomeck, North Carolina, United States
1761
August 1, 1761
Age 71
Chota On Little, Tennessee, United States
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United States
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