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Cherokee Mother’s Day—United Keetoowah Band

Alihelisdodi otsi igoi ᎠᎵᎮᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎣᏥ ᎢᎪᎢ To make happy, all mothers, on the day

Etsi ᎡᏥᎢ mother

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Friday, March 18 is the Wyrm Full Moon—though some confuse it with worms, wyrms are dragon as befitting a windy unpredictable month. Stay hunkered down inside.

Cherokee call it, Windy Moon, Anuyi ᎠᏄᏱ. Kanati the Great Hunter helps start new council fires.

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Meet Gertrude—she steals the show in Stone Man and the Trail of Tears.

Though I am no horseman, I am a horse lover. Horses often show up in my stories.

After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live. Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family again?

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Chief Red Bird’s works

Cherokee Chief Red Bird Totsuwa ᏙᏧᏩ was murdered along the Red Bird River in the 1790s.

Red Bird River Petroglyphs are across the river from the Red Bird River Shelter Petroglyphs (where Chief Red Bird is buried). The petroglyphs have been attributed to Chief Red Bird and contain Cherokee symbols and other symbols. Sequoyah visited here around 1820 and left some Cherokee syllabary characters. Clay County, Kentucky. [the shelter petroglyphs are B&W and chain link]

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This can is not real! Wish it was. The label reads do-ma-tli u-ga-ma ᏙᎹᏟ ᎤᎦᎹ tomato soup—Kituwah/Eastern dialect. Maybe Campbells will sell it in North Carolina!

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Cherokee New Years

New Year’s Cherokee Style: ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᎠᏤ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏍᎬ

Happy New Year! Ulihelisdi ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ (happy) Atse ᎠᏤ (new) Udetiyvsgv ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏍᎬ (year)

Nvnohi tsaksesdesdi! ᏅᏃᎯ ᏣᎧᏎᏍᏕᏎᏍᏗ! Be careful on the road!

Please: ᎰᏩᏧ (Howatsu)

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Cherokee Dance

Cherokee Dance Word List

[Kituwah Preservation & Education Program]

-Make a circle. (Itsadigaleyogi.) ᎢᏣᏗᎦᎴᏲᎩ

-Split or go in different directions. (I(hi) tatinuga or “Tatinuga. ” ᎢᎯ ᏔᏘᏄᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏔᏘᏄᎦ “

-You lead. (Ganatsedi tsatvdasdesdi.) ᎦᎾᏤᏗ ᏣᏛᏓᏍᏕᏍᏗ

-Make small steps. (Nigada didalisdela.) ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏓᎵᏍᏕᎳ.

-Work together. (Itsatvdasdesdi.) ᎢᏣᏛᏓᏍᏕᏍᏗ

-Pay attention. (Itsalewisda.) ᎢᏣᎴᏫᏍᏓ

-Listen to the rattle. (Agvyitsa witsanigi.) ᎠᎬᏱᏣ ᏫᏣᏂᎩ

-Stop. (Itsal(i)sganol(i)da.) ᎢᏣᎵᏍᎦᏃᎵᏓ

-Go forward. (Itsasinuga.) ᎢᏣᏏᏄᎦ.

-Slow down. (Ayeliyv ditsatsohi.) ᎠᏰᎵᏴ ᏗᏣᏦᎯ

-Go backward. (Ag(a)sgani itsa itsal(a)sgi.) ᎠᎦᏍᎦᏂ ᎢᏣ ᎢᏣᎳᏍᎩ

-Meet in the middle. (i.e. Quail dance) (Itsadanynaga.) ᎢᏣᏓᏅᎾᎦ,

-Turn counterclockwise. (Tsusgwala detsalagvsgesdi.) ᏧᏍᏆᎳ ᏕᏣᎳᏍᎬᏍᎨᏍᏗ -Make a line (Agvyi tsiditsal)

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Cherokee Christmas

Long ago in the south, fireworks were the norm for Xmas, Cherokees, too.

Merry Christmas: Ulihelisdi danistayohihv ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏔᏲᎯᎲ (they are happy/thankful they go shooting—as in firecrackers)

Santa claus: Distayohi ᏗᏍᏔᏲᎯ (he shoots- as in firecrackers, AKA firecracker man) He gives good children gifts: aneha didanedi nigada diniyotli osda ᎠᏁᎭ ᏗᏓᏁᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎣᏍᏓ (he-gives gifts children good)

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Cherokee Christmas

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎯᏓᏙᎴ – Tsalagi Hidadolequa – Let’s Learn Cherokee

ᎯᏙᏚᎢᏍᏓ ᏧᎬᎢ – Hidoduisda tsugvi – Let’s decorate the tree

ᎤᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ ᏗᏨᏍᏙᏗ – Unadetiyisgv ditsvsdodi – Christmas lights

ᎯᏙᏚᎢᏍᏓ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ- Hidoduisda galitsode – Let’s decorate the house.

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Holiday Treat


Biscuits from Eastern Band, North Carolina

2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes.

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Add liquids, lightly with a fork until mixture holds together. Allow to sit for a few minutes, and then add mashed sweet potatoes. Knead gently until smooth, about 12 times. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick, cut into rounds for biscuits. Bake 425 degrees 10 to 20 minutes (can be fried).

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