I have both Cherokee and Sioux in my family blood line. I was given my Cherokee name Smiling Turtle by a beloved Cherokee Elder here in Tennessee. She told me that she could tell there was much turtle medicine within me. The Turtle Totem in Cherokee sits in the middle of the Medicine wheel. It represents nuturing, caring, the mother of us all. Indeed it fitted my personality well as that I held one of the most special but difficult of occupations at that time. I was a hospice RN. I have a very caring, calming presence when working with my patients and their families. I am the nurturer. I have a heart of gold and smile that shines. Thus my name Smiling Turtle.