Cherokee Indians

Cherokee Indians

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Cherokee Clans
  • Blue Clan, this clan were keepers of children’s medicines and of medicinal herbs. They were named after a plant called a blue holly, which they used for medicine. This Clan has also been known as the Wild Cat Clan or Panther. They were known as a peace clan.

  • Deer Clan, they were fast runners and delivered messages from village to village, or person to person and were excellent hunters and trackers. They were known as a peace clan.

  • Paint Clan, they were the smallest and most secretive clan, and the only ones that were allowed to make a special red paint and dye that are used for ceremonial purposes and war.

  • Twister Clan also known as Long Hair Clan It is said that those belonging to this clan wore their hair twisted or in braided hairdos. The peace chiefs usually came from this clan and wore a white feather robe. Their members were teachers and keepers of tradition.

  • Wild Potato Clan were farmers and gatherers of wild potato plants. They used them to make flour for bread. They were keepers and protectors of the earth. Also known as the Raccoon or Clan Bear Clan.

  • Wolf Clan is the most prominent clan, providing most of the war chiefs, and warriors. They were the protectors of the people and were known as a warrior clan.
  • Cherokee Indians

    The Cherokees are original residents of the American southeast, particularly Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Most Cherokees were relocated to Oklahoma in the 1800's by the infamous Trail of Tears, and the descendants of those who survived this death march still live in Oklahoma to this day. Some Cherokees escaped deportation by hiding in the Appalachian hills, or were sheltered by sympathetic white neighbors. The descendants of these people still live scattered throughout the original Cherokee homelands, particularly in North Carolina, where they have their own federally recognized tribe.  FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Cherokee Language

    When reading a Cherokee word written phonetically, remember these pronunciations:

    A ( as in ‘father’)
    E (an ‘a’ sound, as in ‘way’)
    I (an ‘e’ sound, as in ‘bee’)
    O (as in ‘oh’)
    U (as in ‘ooh’)
    V (sounds like ‘uh’)
    Ts makes a ‘j’ sound

    Beginning Cherokee Words Greetings and courtesies:

    Hello-O si yo
    How are you?-To hi tsu?
    Fine-O s da
    And you?-Ni hi na
    Okay-Ho wa
    Thank you-Wa do
    Yes- vv ii
    I don’t know-Thla ya gwan ta

    Info provided by the Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center [email protected]

    Dawes Roll and the Cherokee
    Descendants of Cherokee Freedmen
    Freedmen with Indian Ancestors
    The Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation)
    Trail of Tears