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Side view of beadwork made by a descendant of Sarah Persinger and Sparrowhawk from Rich Patch Virginia. The back bustle and fan are Eagle feathers and many of the feathers in the Mandan headdress are Eagle and hawk feathers. Many of their descendants are active in Native American events across the United States and their number is growing as others in the family begin to explore their roots.

Side view of beadwork made by a descendant of Sarah Persinger and Sparrowhawk…

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Señor Tucker is a descendant of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger. He is very active in Native American events and did all the beading on his regalia and the dress worn here by Joann Jumping Elk Steel an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in South Dakota.

Señor Tucker is a descendant of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger.

The Bald Eagle has a special place in the hearts and traditions of the descendants of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger. Here one of their descendants wears beadwork featuring the Bald Eagle, a Bald Eagle hand fan and a headdress made from Bald Eagle and turkey feathers. Hidden in the design of the beadwork are the names in Cherokee of some of their family members.

The Bald Eagle has a special place in the hearts and traditions of the descendants of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger. Here one of their descendants wears beadwork featuring the Bald Eagle, a Bald Eagle hand fan and a headdress made from Bald Eagle and turkey feathers. Hidden in the design of the beadwork are the names in Cherokee of some of their family members.

Back view of the beaded dress done by Vicky Persinger from the line of Sarah Persinger and Sparrowhawk. The dress took 3 years to bead and because of the time needed to create one it commands a great deal of respect from other Native American dancers. Like her relative Mary Margaret Persinger, Vicky uses her art work to tell the story of her family and people.

Back view of the beaded dress done by Vicky Persinger from the line of Sarah…

Jarrod Craft a descendant of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger is a grass dancer.

Jarrod Craft a descendant of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger is a grass dancer.

Señor Tucker a descendant of Sarah Persinger and Sparrowhawk plays the role of the hunter in the Deer Dance. He and many members of the family traveled to Tennessee to take part in a ceremony honoring those that died on the Trail of Tears.

Señor Tucker a descendant of Sarah Persinger and Sparrowhawk plays the role of the hunter in the Deer Dance. He and many members of the family traveled to Tennessee to take part in a ceremony honoring those that died on the Trail of Tears.

The Hunter, performed by Robert Tucker a descendant of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger , gives thanks to the Creator for the deer during a performance of the Deer Dance in the Native American circle during the annual Trade Days Festival in Trade TN, June, 2003. - photo by Patsy McKee

The Hunter, performed by Robert Tucker a descendant of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger , gives thanks to the Creator for the deer during a performance of the Deer Dance in the Native American circle during the annual Trade Days Festival in Trade TN, June, 2003. - photo by Patsy McKee

Members of the Trail of Tears dance troupe took part in the James River Bateau on April 29 1995 in Botetourt County Virginia. Many members of the troupe trace their families back to Sarah Persinger and Sparrowhawk from Rich Patch Virginia. Here they make their way through the encampment as their ancestors would have done 200 years ago and members even traded items with some of the other participants.

Members of the Trail of Tears dance troupe took part in the James River Bateau on April 29 1995 in Botetourt County Virginia. Many members of the troupe trace their families back to Sarah Persinger and Sparrowhawk from Rich Patch Virginia. Here they make their way through the encampment as their ancestors would have done 200 years ago and members even traded items with some of the other participants.

The spirit of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger is kept alive by their descendants who often return to the mountains they loved to honor them and to show them that their family continues the traditions passed down from generation to generation.

The spirit of Sparrowhawk and Sarah Persinger is kept alive by their descendants who often return to the mountains they loved to honor them and to show them that their family continues the traditions passed down from generation to generation.

"When I dance I do not see the audience. I see myself in the mountains dancing around a campfire, the people watching and learning. I dance as it has been done for a thousand years and thus I hold to the present and the  past of my culture and pass it on to the next generation in hopes that they will  love and respect it as I have done,"

"When I dance I do not see the audience. I see myself in the mountains dancing around a campfire, the people watching and learning. I dance as it has been done for a thousand years and thus I hold to the present and the past of my culture and pass it on to the next generation in hopes that they will love and respect it as I have done,"

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