• : Homepages of the Cherokee tribal casinos.
  • : How-to book about Cherokee genealogy.
  • : Overviews of the Cherokee tribe.

(It's amazing how white settlers always managed to learn another tribe's name for any group of Indians.

The judges decided the Cherokee Indians could stay in their homes.

Thousands of Cherokee Indians died on the Trail of Tears.

Sponsored Links: Information and language learning materials from the Cherokee Indian language.
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Cherokee Indians inhabited these lands for centuries and then as European settlers arrived they started settling the lands and creating their own towns. This is when history began to change for the Cherokee Indians, and not for the good. A well recorded historical fact is about the Trail of Tears. This is when the Cherokees started to be forced out of their homes, sometimes made to leave with out any of their possessions.

: The Cherokee Indian museum offers free Tsalagi lessons via email.

Descendants of the Cherokee Indians who survivedthis death march still live in Oklahoma today.
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The raven (kâ'länû) is occasionally seen in themountains, but is not prominent in folk belief, excepting in connectionwith the gruesome tales of the Raven Mocker (q. v.). In former timesits name was sometimes assumed as a war title. The crow, so prominentin other tribal mythologies, does not seem to appear in that ofthe Cherokee.


: Anthropology/ethnology books about the Cherokee Indians.

The descendants of these people live scattered throughout the original Cherokee Indianhomelands.
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What does it mean?
is pronounced "CHAIR-uh-kee." It comes from a word meaning 'speakers of another language.' Cherokee Indians originally called themselves , "the principal people," but today theyaccept the name Cherokee, which is spelled and pronounced in their own language.

: Publishing books about Cherokee language and culture and contemporary Native American issues.
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The Cherokee and almost all Indian tribes offer thanks to nature, usually in a dance ritual sometimes called a Sun Dance. In the Sun Dance, elders take the younger men in the tribe, paint their bodies and teach them the simple dance. The dancers would go into a trance and have Vision Dreams, helping them determine their names and meet with the spirits of their elders. Some used the painted skull of a buffalo as a ceremonial artifact when giving thanks to nature for providing food and clothing.

: Christian prayers translated into the Cherokee Indian language.

Cherokee comes from the word “Chelokee” meaning “people of a different speech.” They are the second largest tribe in the United States. Today many live in homes in Cherokee communities. They used to travel about the country, living in tepees that were made of sticks and animal skins. Their tepees ranged from ten to eighteen feet high. They would build their fires in the middle of the tepee. The smoke from the fires was let out of a small hole at the peak of the tepee. The Cherokee Indians have many rituals that they perform that may seem unusual to us.

: Seven lists covering Cherokee culture, history and genealogy.

Today, the Cherokee tribes who are federally recognized (Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) have their headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee tribes that are state recognized have their headquarters in the states of Georgia, Missouri, and Alabama. There are additional Cherokee organizations throughout the United States including Arkansas and Tennessee.

: Tsalagi language revival among the Echota Cherokee tribe.

In the early 18th century, the various Cherokee tribes were unified under Emperor Moytoy. Chief Moytoy of Tellico agreed to be the emperor of Cherokee chiefs in 1730. Oddly enough, Emperor Moytoy, working with Sir Alexander Cumming through all this, agreed to recognize King George II as a protector of the Cherokee tribes.

: Encyclopedia entries about the Cherokee Indians.

Though it is one of the healthier Indian languages of North America and the one in whichthe most literature has been published, the Cherokee language is still in imperiled condition because of governmentpolicies as late as the fifties which enforced the removal of Cherokee children from Cherokee-speaking homes, reducing the number of young Cherokees being raised bilinguallyfrom 75% to less than 5% today.