According to tribal history, Cherokee people have existed since time immemorial. Our oral history extends back through the millennia. It’s recorded that our first European contact came in 1540 with Hernando DeSoto’s exploration of the southeastern portion of our continent.
About 200 years ago the Cherokee Indians were one tribe, or “Indian Nation” that lived in the southeast part of what is now the United States. During the 1830’s and 1840’s, the period covered by the Indian Removal Act, many Cherokees were moved west to a territory that is now the State of Oklahoma.
The Cherokee traditionally hold that signs, visions, dreams, and powers are all gifts of the spirits, and that the world of humans and the world of the spirits are intertwined, with the spirit world and presiding over both.
Among the most famous Cherokees in history: Sequoyah (1767–1843), leader and inventor of the Cherokee writing system that took the tribe from an illiterate group to one of the best educated peoples in the country during the early-to-mid 1800s. Will Rogers (1879–1935), famed journalist and entertainer. Joseph J.
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
A person can be of any denomination but most of the Cherokee people and family’s that I know are of Baptist faith. In the past they had all Cherokee preaching churches and also what we called a ‘white man’ church; all of the services would be preached in the English language.
Cherokee, North American Indians of Iroquoian lineage who constituted one of the largest politically integrated tribes at the time of European colonization of the Americas. Their name is derived from a Creek word meaning “people of different speech”; many prefer to be known as Keetoowah or Tsalagi.
The Cherokee Nation has more than 300,000 tribal members, making it the largest of the 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States.
The seven clans are: Wolf – (a-ni-wa-ya), Deer – (a-ni-a-ha-wi), Bird – (a-ni-tsi-s-qua), Longhair – (a-ni-gi-lo-hi), Wild Potato – (a-ni-go-da-ge-wi), Blue – (a-ni-sa-ho-ni), Paint – (a-ni-wo-di).
The Long Hair Clan wore their hair in fancy hairdos with waves, curls, and sometimes articles woven into their hair for a spectacular effect. Cherokees were not feather-nuts and never wore huge feather head-dresses like the Woodland or Plains people.
Cherokee culture encompasses our longstanding traditions of language, spirituality, food, storytelling and many forms of art, both practical and beautiful. Beliefs and knowledge of the culture will vary from individual to individual, from family to family and from one locality to another.
According to the Cherokee Law of Blood, the Deer clan sought revenge on Sam Dent for the death of their family member, because his wife had been a Deer clan member. That’s what allowed her sons to then also be members of the Deer clan and full-fledged members of the Cherokee Nation.
In general, ancient and contemporary Native Americans were predicted to have intermediate/ brown eyes, black hair, and intermediate/darker skin pigmentation.
Yes, the teepees are still there, and though they are out of place (the Cherokee never lived in teepees ) they are a reminder of the past and great way to bring in the crowds to learn more about the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.