Re: Diane Fisher AKA Dhyani Ywahoo, Black Indian Inn « Reply #12 on: October 01, 2007, 07:12:18 pm » I'd like to add some fodder on Dhyani Ywahoo. After reading up on her here and various other websites, I decided that I needed information from a truly authoritative and unbiased source on her, so I wrote an email to the website www.cherokee.org, which seems to be the official website of the Cherokee Nation (correct me if I'm wrong).
Here's what I got from them:
Subject: Dhyani Ywahoo
I would like to ask a few questions about the legitimacy of Dhyani Ywahoo. She is the leader of the Sunray Society in Lincoln, VT. She claims that she is the elected Peacekeeper of the Cherokee in the 28th (or so) generation, that she is of the Wild Potato clan, and that she is the keeper of the sacred pipe for the Cherokee.
I found very unflattering information on Dhyani Ywahoo on the NAFPS website (www.newagefrauds.org) and on other websites; it was said that her legitimacy is denied by the Cherokee Elders Council and that they want nothing to do with her. I'm just wondering if that info is correct; if it is, I would like to know since I've been attending her annual Elders Gatherings, and if she is a fraud, I want nothing to do with her. It's hard, though, to find an official source to get truly unbiased information on the Internet.
Could you help me out here, please? Thanks in advance!
I have received numerous inquiries about the woman who calls herself Dhyani Ywahoo. There is no such thing as an "elected peacekeeper" or a woman "pipecarrier." The notion of a pipecarrier comes from the Lakota culture. Any Cherokee may own a pipe. There is sacred ceremonial pipe but it is kept and associated with the traditional spiritual leaders known to the Cherokee people.
I have her book, Voices of Our Ancestors in which she makes some fantastic claims. The book has nothing to do with Cherokee culture. She is pictured on that book holding an eagle feather and wooden (or gourd) rattle. The eagle feather and the rattle are male implements and would not be carried by women. Cherokee women have their own implements or artifacts if you prefer such as the turtle shells worn during the traditional dances. So, in answer to your question, there is nothing legitimate about this woman. She is a fraud.
Also, we have no Cherokee Elders Council. There is a group who used to call themselves that but they would be considered as similar to a club.
Dr. Richard L. Allen Policy Analyst Cherokee Nation P.O. Box 948 Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465 (918) 453-5466