Posts Tagged ‘Cherokee’

Cherokee Genesis

Kanati ᎧᎾᏘ was the First Man and guardian of the hunt. He taught Cherokees how to hunt. Derived from Cherokee for “hunter,” Kanohalidohi, ᎧᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ. His wife was the First Woman, Ginitsi Selu, ᎩᏂᏥ ᏎᎷ Corn Mother. They had 2 sons, Aniyvtiqualosgi, ᎠᏂᏴᏘᏆᎶᏍᎩ Thunder Boys.

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Tear Dress

This is a Cherokee tear dress, named after the 1838 Trail of Tears. The females in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, wore dresses similar to this.

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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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Ywahoo Falls Massacre

AKA Yahoo Falls, southeastern Kentucky. August 10, 1810, children belonging to the Chickamauga (Thunderbolt Cherokee living along Kentucky/Tennessee border) were on the way south to safety. They were massacred by white settlers. Including adult defenders, over 100 Cherokee died. [this is controversial as all records have been lost, but to this day Cherokees in eastern Kentucky shun publicity]


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Haunted Grave?

Nanyehi was born in 1738 in the town of Echota, eastern Tennessee. After her husband fell in the Battle of Taliwa, she led the Cherokees to victory against the Creeks. As a shawl of white swan feathers was placed around her shoulders, the Chief appointed her Beloved Woman. She married Bryant Ward, became Nancy Ward. Called the Cherokee Pocahontas, she rescued countless white captives, introduced dairy farming to the Cherokees, warned white settlers of impending attacks to avoid war, adopted orphans, and fought against the Trail of Tears. In 1822, as she entered the spirit world, a white light rose from her chest, took the form of a swan, and flew out the window toward her beloved Echota. (some say the white light arose from her grave)

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

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, sometimes translated as firecracker man)


He gives good children gifts: aneha didanedi nigada diniyotli osda ᎠᏁᎭ ᏗᏓᏁᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎣᏍᏓ (he-gives gifts all children good)


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Trail of Tears Beans

Pictured is the Cherokee variety of green beans that was carried on the Trail of Tears. They were part of the 3  Sisters–corn, beans, and squash planted together in the same field. The family in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, ate this variety.

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