John Lone Eagle
JACKSON, Tenn. - For many years John Lone Eagle
had no real connection with his
Indian heritage. Raised in Texas, he graduated from Baylor University near Waco.He
did the suit, tie and "corner office with a window" routine.He
hair, did business and hated it.
grandfather helped him back onto the Red Road.Eager to find out more about Indian history and customs, especially those related to his
own Chiricahua Apache and Cherokee people, Lone Eagle soaked up traditional knowledge like a sponge.
search for knowledge, he
traveled and checked out Native American stores by the dozens.Most were run by non-Natives doing the tourist thing who could not answer his
cultural questions.Much of the merchandise they sold carried "Made in Taiwan" labels.Disgusted, Lone Eagle figured he
could do a heck of a lot better and decided to put his
business management degree to good use.
Determined to run an authentic store that could help Indian artisans while raising non-Native awareness about Indian culture, Lone Eagle opened his
first store, Indians and Cowboys, in Gibson County, Tenn., close to his
mother's Cherokee roots.
came out here to look at it he
said, 'Ravenhawk, you done lost your mind.
...Eagle, who is also a part-time model and movie actor, says he likes providing a service and intends to keep store prices as reasonable as possible.
"I'm here to make a livin', not to make a killin,'" he
Unlike some people, Eagle
and Ravenhawk are not dismayed by non-Natives passing on the information they learn.