Hastings Shade

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Hastings Shade
Cherokee Nation leader
Preceded by Garland Eagle
Succeeded by Joe Grayson
Personal details
Born (1941-05-20)May 20, 1941
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died February 9, 2010(2010-02-09) (aged 68)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Resting place Keener Cemetery, Lost City, Oklahoma
Spouse(s) Loretta Shade
Relations Sequoyah
Children Larry, Thomas, and Ronald
Parents Tom and Leanna (Stopp) Shade
Known for Traditional knowledge
Religion Kituwah and Methodist

Hastings Shade (May 20, 1941 – February 9, 2010[1]) was a former deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation.[2] He was a traditionalist, artist, and master level fluent speaker of the Cherokee language.[3]


Hastings Shade was born on May 20, 1941 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.[4] His parents were Tom and Leanna Stopp Shade.[1]

Traditional artist[edit]

Hastings Shade was declared a Cherokee National Treasure in 1991 for his extensive traditional knowledge, particularly his ability to make Cherokee marbles by hand.[5] He was the only known maker of Cherokee marbles (gadayosdi). He painstakingly fashioned the balls from limestone and they are about the size of a billiards ball.[6]

He also made fishing and frog gigs that are sought after by collectors.[5]

Deputy Chief[edit]

Shade served one term as deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation, from 1999 to 2003, with Chad Smith.[7] In an unusual political move, Shade ran independently for deputy chief in 2003 but did not win the election. During his time in office, he helped develop the Cherokee Nation's language programs, specially the Cherokee language immersion programs for school children.[8]


Shade was considered a fullblood Cherokee however since he was a sixth-generation descendant of Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, he no doubt had a degree of European ancestry, as Sequoyah himself was not a full blood Cherokee. Hastings was married to Loretta Shade, also a master level fluent speaker of the Cherokee language. Together they lived in Lost City, outside of Hulbert, Oklahoma.[7] Shade died on February 9, 2010 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife, their four sons, four siblings, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.[4] "He foremost was a gentleman and a traditionalist who was fluent in Cherokee language and conversant in Cherokee thought. He was a teacher," said Chad Smith.[1]

Published works[edit]

  • Shade, Hastings. Myths, Legends, and Old Sayings. Self-published, 1994. ASIN B0006RH39I
  • Cowan, Agnes; Loretta Shade; Hastings Shade; Agnes Louise Clark; and Jane B. Noble. Cherokee–English Language Reference Book. Welling: Cross-Cultural Education Center Inc., 1995. ASIN B00182V8YQ.


  1. ^ a b c "Former Deputy Principal Hastings Shade Passes." Cherokee Nation. (retrieved 10 Feb 2010)
  2. ^ Tamar Alexia Fleishman. "Hastings Shade: Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation". Bankrate.com. 
  3. ^ Mary Pierpoint (March 2001). "Hastings Shade keeps the Cherokee culture alive: Learning and sharing was his way of life". Indian Country Today (Lakota Times). [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Hastings Shade 1941-2010." Muskogee Phoenix. 11 Feb 2010 (retrieved 13 Feb 2010)
  5. ^ a b Nation Treasures. Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council. (retrieved 13 July 2009)
  6. ^ Fauntleroy, Gussie. Tradition! Arts and Crafts Revived. Native Peoples Magazine. 1 Dec 2005 (retrieved 13 July 2009)
  7. ^ a b Conley, Robert J. A Cherokee encyclopedia. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007: 214-215. ISBN 978-0-8263-3951-5. (retrieved through Google Books, 13 July 2009)
  8. ^ Fields, J.A.F. Assessing the Impact of Total Immersion on Cherokee Language: A Culturally Responsive, Participatory Approach. Page 8 (retrieved 13 July 2009

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