The Cherokee were southeastern woodland Indians, and in the winter they lived in houses made of woven saplings, plastered with mud and roofed with poplar bark. In the summer they lived in open-air dwellings roofed with bark. Today the Cherokee live in ranch houses, apartments, and trailers.
What are Cherokee Indian homes like?
Wattle and daub houses (also known as asi, the Cherokee word for them) are Native American houses used by southeastern tribes. Wattle and daub houses are made by weaving rivercane, wood, and vines into a frame, then coating the frame with plaster.
In later years, many Cherokee, lived in the same kind of houses the European settlers lived in — log cabins and wooden houses. A typical log cabin had one door and a smoke hole in the center of the roof.
Archeological and documentary evidence from sites and sources dating from the 1500s through the 1700s indicate that Cherokee towns included public structures known as townhouses, large outdoor plazas adjacent to townhouses, and domestic structures and activity areas placed around those plazas (Riggs, 2008; Rodning,
Village Life: The Cherokee lived in villages. Each village was home to about 400-500 people. In each village, there were 30-60 homes, a plaza, a town square, and a council house large enough to hold all the villagers during a village meeting. A wall of tall poles tied together surrounded each village.
A typical Cherokee village would be home to around thirty to fifty families. They would be part of a larger Cherokee clan such as the Wolf Clan or the Bird Clan. The women were responsible for the house, farming, and the family. The men were responsible for hunting and war.
Sequoyah was a Native American scholar who created a writing system for his tribe, giving the Cherokee a unique language of their own. The Cherokee home was a solidly built structure that resembled an upside down basket. It was made of branches and river cane and mud with thatched roofs, sunken into the ground a bit.
Like the members of other Native American tribes, Cherokees have access to free health care at tribe -run clinics and hospitals. Prescription drugs, eyeglasses, and hospitalizations are all covered under this system, which the tribe operates with funding from the federal Indian Health Services.
1 The Cherokee Spear Usually 3.5 to 4 feet long, the spear was a mainstay for both warfare and hunting. The spear was usually made of river reeds or river cane and was fitted with a type of arrow head called a spear point.
Today, three Cherokee tribes are federally recognized: the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation (CN) in Oklahoma, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in North Carolina.
The music of the Cherokee Indians has been influenced by many other cultures and includes a wide variety of instruments. Flutes, drums, and rattles are some of the most ancient. Cherokee musicians play everything from traditional Native American, to bluegrass, to rock and roll music.
Basketry, pottery, stone carving, wood carving, bead working, finger weaving, and traditional masks are a few of the timeless forms of Cherokee art that endure today.