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Rayetaeh Utisdgata Onitostah Coody (Blueholly)

Also Known As: "First to Kill"
Death: 1788
Immediate Family:

Son of Trader Bowles of Scotland and Oo-Yo-Sti Otiyu Polly / Quali Bowles, Of The Wolf Clan
Husband of Creek Corntassel
Father of Elizabeth Tassel Coody, of the Long Hair Clan and Little Tasssel Raven
Brother of Agiligina Kenoteta Rising Fawn, Wolf Clan; John (Colonel) Duwa'li Bowles, Principal Chief; Nannie Chisholm; Rebecca Guess; Long Warrior of Tanasi, Uku and 4 others

Occupation: First Beloved Man of the Overhill Cherokee
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Old Tassel

Rayetaeh Utisdgata Coo Di (Old Tassel)

  • ♂ Father: John Bowles [Bowles]
  • ♀ Mother: Oo Yo Sti Otiyu ? (Wolf Clan) [Moytoy]

From Wikipedia

Old Tassel (or sometimes Corntassel) (Cherokee language: Utsi'dsata), ( died 1788), was "First Beloved Man" (the equivalent of a regional Cherokee chief) of the Overhill Cherokee after 1783. He continuously tried to keep the Cherokee people of the Overhill region out of the Cherokee–American wars being fought at the time between the American frontiersmen and the Chickamauga warriors under Dragging Canoe. He was murdered under a flag of truce while defending his tribe from white settlers.

Known history

Old Tassel became "First Beloved Man" of the Overhill Cherokee in 1783, after the tribal elders removed his predecessor, The Raven of Chota (also known as Savanukah). Being an advocate of peace, Old Tassel strove—with only some success—to keep the people of the Overhill towns out of the Cherokee–American wars being fought at the time between the white settlers and the Chickamauga in what is now the eastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky region.

Notorious death

Old Tassell and another pacifist chief, Abraham of Chilhowee, were murdered while under a flag of truce during an entreaty to the State of Franklin in 1788. wrongfully blamed for the murder of the kirk family, then being lured to Abraham's cabin by the flag of truce the "Bloody Seven" were tied to chairs and John Kirk was allowed by the US Government to tomahawk each man into the forehead. Old Tassel was boisterous in his death. He was known as the Great Orator. The act was considered an atrocity by the Cherokee, and briefly brought all the Cherokee to support the hostile actions of the warriors following Dragging Canoe.

family notes

Old Tassel's brothers were the warriors Pumpkin Boy and Doublehead. His maternal nephew was John Watts, known as "Young Tassel." The name Corn Tassel is also the Cherokee Indian name for ex-Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith. The Corntassel family still exists today, as well as Doublehead and Watts.[1]

The Cherokee Tribal Family holds a genealogy record that is valid and extends back prior to European contact. The tribal family connected to Old Tassel and this Cherokee relatives is one of the very few with such rare records supported by history.

The Cherokee Nation Tree holds the names of the oldest Native American Indian members known to any tribe of North America.