Over the Fourth of July weekend at the Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow, I met many wonderful people who were gracious enough to give me the time of day to talk about By Tribal. No matter what the outcome I am always grateful to people who are willing to do that.
One of those gracious people I met that day was Cleto Montelongo, the proprietor of Two Creeks Leather, at the open air market on Cherokee Reservation. He handmakes leather medicine bags and pouches and had them out for sale that weekend. It was a pleasure to talk to him and get to know a little bit about what he does.
When speaking with people about our product, By Tribal, no matter how many times you do it there is always that nervousness and fear in the beginning. You’re worried that people will blow you off, become annoyed, and see you as a bother.
Mr. Montelongo didn’t treat me like that at all and our pleasant exchange helped me to get over that initial hump of insecurity. I was able to talk to all kinds of people that evening, and the next day, without a hitch and paid no mind to some of the more brusque interactions that are inevitable in day to day life.
When I heard that one of Mr. Montelongo’s daughters had lost everything in a house fire I decided I would pay forward the kindness and civility shown to me that day. For anyone that has a “pay it forward” balance that you’re looking to lighten I recommend that you check out the GoFundMe that was set up for Kyleigh Montelongo linked below. Let’s help her get back on her feet and remember the good we can do for each other in these fractious and trying times.