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011814_359WampumRWhen I was a little kid, our great grandmother lived with us. She taught me how to play poker and solitaire. She was so much fun, and I loved her very much.

I never met my great grandfather because he died before I was born, but she told me he had been an honorary Cherokee Indian. Honorary because when he was very young, the Cherokee Indians adopted him after he had run away from home.

Anyway, this set of beads was his. My great grandmother said it was wampum – what the Indians used for money.

I found it the other day when going through a few things. Growing up in the 70s when beads were really popular, I’ve always loved this thing.

I still do.