After 1800 the Cherokee were remarkable for their assimilation of American settler culture. The tribe formed a government modeled on that of the United States. Under Chief Junaluska they aided Andrew Jackson against the Creek in the Creek War, particularly in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
The Cherokee were farming people. Cherokee women did most of the farming, harvesting crops of corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers. Cherokee men did most of the hunting, shooting deer, bear, wild turkeys, and small game. They also fished in the rivers and along the coast.
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.
Cedar is the most sacred of all, and the distinguishing colors of red and white set it off from all others. The wood from the tree is considered very sacred, and in ancient days, was used to carry the honored dead. Because of these early beliefs, the traditional Cherokee have a special regard for the owl and cougar.
Cherokee culture encompasses our longstanding traditions of language, spirituality, food, storytelling and many forms of art, both practical and beautiful. Many Cherokees embrace a mix of both modern and traditional aspects of our culture, and our people today follow many faiths.
Sequoyah was one of the most influential figures in Cherokee history. He created the Cherokee Syllabary, a written form of the Cherokee language. The syllabary allowed literacy and printing to flourish in the Cherokee Nation in the early 19th century and remains in use today.
As for what the Cherokees called themselves, it was Yun-wiya or Ani-yun-wiya, said in the third person to signify they were the “real people” or “principal people” of this world. It was common for many tribes to use the term real people or people when referring to themselves in their language.
Yes there are still full blood Cherokees. My mother was full and I have many family members that are full blood. The term is full blood not full blooded. There are 3 federally recognized tribes.
Unlike most other Native American tribes in the American Southeast at the start of the historic era, the Cherokee and Tuscarora people spoke Iroquoian languages.
The Deer God: The Cherokee worshipped the Deer God. They told him, “We only kill what is needed to feed our families, and we are sorry.” This was important to do. They did not want the Deer God to be angry with them, or the Deer God might make all the deer disappear.
Strong individual character, with integrity, honesty, perseverance, courage, respect, trust, honor and humility. Strong connection with the land and commitment to stewardship of the homelands of the Cherokee.
“The Cherokee did not separate spiritual and physical realms but regarded them as one, and they practiced their religion in a host of private daily observances as well as in public ceremonies.”
Yet, here are a few that continue to delight and stir both the Cherokee people and Cherokee cultural enthusiasts. Unetlanvhi (oo-net-la-nuh-hee): the Cherokee word for God or “Great Spirit,” is Unetlanvhi is considered to be a divine spirit with no human form. The name is pronounced similar to oo-net-la-nuh-hee.