Monday, January 25, 2010

Moving Back to The Smoky Mountains

"You can take the girl out of the mountains but you can never take the love of the mountains out of the girl." My husband said to me several years ago "Someday we will go back to your Smoky Mountains that you love so much."

I grew up in these mountains and I loved the Fall Season when the leaves started to change colors and the spring flowers that grew in April and May, but I really loved the sudden summer showers that came so quickly that we all had to run for cover and we all loved how much the showers cooled the hot tempertures in the summer afternoon.

The birds in the Smokies are so beautiful and the sunsets we watched from the wrap around porch brought oohs and ahhs from us all.

We grew up loving the old people and always respecting the wisdom of their years of experience, listening to their yarns and stories of hardship, courage and answered prayers, their folk songs and hymns, the fiddle and the juice harp.

After years of living in California, Washington DC area and traveling around the world to perform, I am so thankful to be back here in my Great Smoky Mountains, living in a big log home and sitting on my wrap around porch at evening, listening to the whipperwill and watching the sunset and everything so peacefully settling down for the night. I feel so blessed and as I sit on my porch, so many of the old songs I learned as a child keep coming back to my memory like Tom Big Bee River, Barbara Allen, Peace in the Valley, In the Pines and the old hymns we sung in the little churches in the mountains.

God has been so gracious to me and to my family to have brought us back to my home, to the place where my values in life were established and where I learned respect for all of life and how to appreciate the beauty all around me.

My childhood faith in my heavenly Father sustained me from the day I left these mountains to the fartherest corners of my global travels and I have returned to the Smokies with a geniune appreciation for the faith of our fathers in these mountains and the values I learned here as a child.

I am thankful daily and so inspired by the beauty of these Smoky Mountains. I wish now that I had returned to the mountains much sooner.

My special blessing too is that my sister Mary Jean and my brother Johnny (Bearfoot) also have come back to the Smokies. My sister lives in a chalet and Johnny lives in a beautiful cabin on top of the mountain, both within 15 minutes of our log home. We grew up singing and performing in these mountains and we are really enjoying being back here where our musical roots began. Our Cherokee reservation is on top of the Smokies too and so I feel like I am finally back home. We have alot of family history here and our old ones lie beneath this soil so it is precious to us. You may read my story by ordering my book from called - PALE MOON, STORY OF AN INDIAN PRINCESS, or part of my story is also recorded in DADDIES AND DAUGHTERS.

If you need inspiration, quiet rest, a beautiful getaway or just a few days of hiking, sleeping or reading on the porch, I invite you to come to the Smokies and stay in a little cabin on the hillside. I believe your spirit will be uplifted, and you will have the same refreshing rest and peace I have experienced in these mountains.


  1. Pale Moon, it is good to see the photos of family, and you and Wil. What an eternal blessing you have been to me and our family and those with whom we have influence.

    Ross McGary, Nashville, TN

  2. Hi Pale Moon. My name is Adrianne Harvey and I think you used to work with my dad Jerry Harvey way back when in Washington D.C. I was just thinking about you the other night and I was wondering what had ever happened to you so I decided to look you up and here you are. :) Anyway I just wanted to say hi and see how you are doing? Im doing okay and I was also wondering if you still sing because your song Something Beautiful is still my favorite and I sing it to the dogs almost every morning. They seem to like it. Anyway take care and ill talk to you later.


  3. Hello, My name is Joeysue and I am an art teacher. I am currently undergoing an endeavor to publish lesson plans online through I am wanting to put up a lesson plan on bead making with a"lovebead" necklace my students make every year at art camp. I am super interested in using your website as a reference and if you have any other information to share or pictures you may have. I also think it is a great website for me to use especially after reading your mission statement. Thank you so much for putting this up. if you have any ideas for me or anyway I could help promote your cause that you can think of let me know. Blessings JoeySue

  4. What tribe are you? I have many questions.

  5. Dear Pale Moon,
    I spoke with you at the Wears Valley Fall Fest on October 17th and purchased your book. I am a second grade teacher in Sevier County and mentioned that I would really like you to speak to our students in November. I lost your contact information. Will you please email me at ASAP so that we might schedule a date and time? Thank you very much in advance.

  6. Hello, Ya’at’eeh.

    I don’t know how I want to word this... I was a honored by your organization, has a student by receiving the Eagle Award for an essay I wrote on a personal experience as a young Diné woman. Is there a way, I would get a copy of my essay, I will tell you this honor was motivator for who I am today. As a young woman at the age of 15 or so, I wrote this and I don’t have a copy anymore, But I wanted to share with my children, family and as a teacher with my students. Please contact for more detail information.


  7. Princess Pale Moon
    American Indian
    Heritage Foundation
    Why are young women with African -American and Native-American blood mixture not selected as Miss Indian USA?


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