My home, my heart
My Home. My heart.
This is Grandfather mountain, where my grandmother was born in North Carolina (Cherokee territory).
As with my Cherokee ancestors, I've always been into nature, animals, art, and thinking creatively.
I feel the closest to my ancestors when living, dreaming and creating natural things.
I feel closest to my ancestors in the place of my ancestors.
We all see things differently. It's part of what makes us unique.
One of my ancestors was named Esther Ruby (her English married name).
Her given Cherokee name was Anagalisgv which means "lightning touched her."
She got that name from the white streak in the back of her hair
that grew after she was hit by lightning as a child
My surname - Hagenseiker means "forges iron in woods" in old German.
My Dad and his father and fathers before them were metal workers.