Tsalagi (Cherokee) Literature
(In Italiano)

"The world is full of stories, and from time to time
they permit themselves to be told."

Old Cherokee Saying


I will draw thorns from your feet.
We will walk the White Path of Life together.
Like a brother of my own blood, I will love you.
I will wipe tears from your eyes.
When you are sad, I will put your aching heart to rest.

Cherokee Traveler's Greeting

Trail of Tears
"We are now about to take our leave
and kind farewell to our native land,
the country that the Great Spirit gave our Fathers,
we are on the eve of leaving that
country that gave us birth...it is with sorrow
we are forced by the white man to
quit the scenes of our childhood...
we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear."

Charles Hicks, Tsalagi (Cherokee) Vice Chief on the Trail of Tears, August 4, 1838


Kanagagota (Standing Turkey)

Kanagagota (Standing Turkey)


"Many proposals have been made to us to adopt your laws, your religion,
your manners and your customs. We would be better pleased with beholding
the good effects of these doctrines in your own practices, than with hearing you talk about them".

Old Tassel, Chief of the Tsalagi (Cherokee)


"Whole Indian Nations have melted away like snowballs in the sun before the white man's advance. They leave scarcely a name of our people except those wrongly recorded by their destroyers. Where are the Delewares? They have been reduced to a mere shadow of their former greatness. We had hoped that the white men would not be willing to travel beyond the mountains. Now that hope is gone. They have passed the mountains, and have settled upon Tsalagi (Cherokee) land. They wish to have that usurpation sanctioned by treaty. When that is gained, the same encroaching spirit will lead them upon other land of the Tsalagi (Cherokees). New cessions will be asked. Finally the whole country, which the Tsalagi (Cherokees) and their fathers have so long occupied, will be demanded, and the remnant of the Ani Yvwiya, The Real People, once so great and formidable, will be compelled to seek refuge in some distant wilderness. There they will be permitted to stay only a short while, until they again behold the advancing banners of the same greedy host. Not being able to point out any further retreat for the miserable Tsalagi (Cherokees), the extinction of the whole race will be proclaimed. Should we not therefore run all risks, and incur all consequences, rather than to submit to further loss of our country? Such treaties may be alright for men who are too old to hunt or fight. As for me, I have my young warriors about me. We will hold our land."

Chief Dragging Canoe, Chickamauga Tsalagi (Cherokee)



"I believe it is in the power of the Indians unassisted, but united and determined, to hold their country. We cannot expect to do this without serious losses and many privations, but we possess the spirit of our fathers, and are resolved never to be enslaved by an inferior race, and trodden under the feet of an ignorant and insolent foe, we, the Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Seminoles, and Tsalagi (Cherokees), never can be conquered..."

Confederate General Stand Waitie, Tsalagi (Cherokee)


"By peace our condition has been improved in the pursuit of civilized life."

John Ross


Tsalagi (Cherokee) Stories

Awi Usdi, the Little Deer
Ball Game of the Birds and the Animals
Bear Man
Coming Of Light
Cycle of the Seasons
Dance of The Blue Blanket
Daughter of the Sun
Doe and Raven
Eagle and the Snake
First Fire
How the Bluebird and Coyote Got Their Color
How the Deer Got His Horns
How the Red Bird Got His Color
How the Milky Way Came To Be
How Terrapin Beat the Rabbit
Hero with the Horned Snakes
How We Got Fire
Hunter and the Dakwa
Legend of the Cedar Tree
Last Day of Roland the Cherokee
Legend of the Cherokee Sweet Shrub
Legend of the Tlanuhwa and the Uhktena
Life Song
Little Boy and The Rattlesnake
Little Feet and the Spirit Bear
Medicine of Plants
Milky Way
Nest of the Tla'nuwa
Origin of Bears
Origin of Game and of Corn
Origin of Medicine
Origin of Disease and Medicine
Origin of Strawberries
Origin of the Pleiades and the Pine
Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting
Return of Ice Man
Stone-Shield
Story of Fire
Story of the Flute
Story of Tobacco
Tears of the Children
Terrapin's Escape from the Wolves
Underground Panthers
Walking Alone
What the Stars Are Like
Where Eagles Fly
Why Rabbit Has a Short Tail
Why the Mole Lives Underground
Why the Opussum's Tail Is Bare
Why the Sun Follows the Moon

Cherokee Stories Collection

Stories as told by a Cherokee

Other Stories

gn-uni'ts's Search For The Uktena
A Cherokee Prophecy
A Legend of Pilot Knob
A New Bow for Tani
A New Legend For The People
A Trip to the Cherokee Nation East
Ancient Cherokee Rulers
Anisga ya Tsunsdi
Anitsutsa - The Boys
Asgaya Gigagei
Atag'h, The Enchanted Lake
Atagahi -The Secret Lake
Atsi la-wa I
Atsil-dihye gi
Baby Song, To Please The Children
Basic Greetings, and useful phrases
Battle Between Two Worlds
Bean Bread or Tsu-Ya-Ga
Bear Legend
Bear Man
Bigfoot Bird
Blue Jay’s Legs
Cherokee Ceremony
Cherokee Clan Blood Revenge
Cherokee Culture
Chief Dragging Canoe
Chiefs
Color Symbolism
Constitution Of The Cherokee Nation
Corn Dance
Corn Maiden and Lucky Hunter
Corn Meal Mush
Cowee Town
Creation story
Creation Story 2
Creation story Cherokee 3
Cycle of the Seasons
Dancing Drum
Daughter of the Sun
Di-S-Qau-Ni (chestnut bread)
Division of the Cherokees
Dogwood Clan
Eagle and the Snake
Eagles revenge
Earth making
Escape Of The Seneca Boys
Fairies
False Warriors Of Chilhowee
Feathered serpent
First Bear Song
First Contact with Europeans
First Contact With Whites
Firstman and Firstwoman
Fish Story
Flint Visits The Rabbit
Four Legged Nations
Four Wind Messengers
Government
Grandmother Spider Steals the Sun
Grandmother Turtle and the Story of the Creation
Great Buffalo Lick
Great New Moon Ceremony
Great Teacher
Hemp-carrier
Herbert's Spring
Herbology
Herbs Common to the Cherokee Country
Hero with the Horned Snakes
Hiadeoni, The Seneca
Houses
How Deer Got His Horns
How Dragging Canoe Got His Name
How Grandmother Spider Brought Fire to the People
How Rabbit Stole Otter's Coat
How The Bluebird And The Coyote Got Their Color
How the Cherokee Learned the Rattlesnake Prayer Song
How The Deer Got His Horns
How the Honey Bee got their stinger
How The Kingfisher Got His Bill
How The Milky Way Came To Be
How The Partridge Got His Whistle
How The Rabbit Stole The Otter's Coat
How the Red Bird Got His Color
How The Terrapin Beat The Rabbit
How the Turkey Got His Beard
How The Wildcat Caught The Gobbler
How The World Was Made
How They Brought Back The Tobacco
How Turtle's Back was Cracked
How Turtle's Back was Cracked
Indians visit London
Information
Ka-ma-ma: The Butterfly
Kanati the Hunter and the Cave of Animals
Little People
Little People Lore
Little People of the Cherokee
Local Legends Of Georgia
Marbles
Medicine Man
Medicine of Plants
Moons
Origin of Bears
Rock Cave Clan
Sacred Pipe
Saligugi (the Mud Turtle) and the Storyteller
Selu the Corn Mother and the Deer
Spear Finger, U'tlu ta
Spiritual Views and Traditions of the Cherokee
Story of Creation
Taboos
The Deluge
The Directions
The First Fire
The Ice Man
The Journey To The Sunrise
The Legend of Uktena
The Moon And The Thunders
The Origin of Strawberries
The Origin Of The Pleiades And The Pine
The Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting
The Rattlesnake in the Corn
The Rattlesnake's Vengeance
The Snake Boy
The Spirit Of Little Deer
The Story of the Groundhog Dance
The Uktena And The Uls't
Trail of Tears found at Coke Ovens
Tsalagi Creation Story
Two Dogs
What The Stars Are Like
Why Mole lives underground
Why The Bullfrog's Head Is Striped
Why The Buzzard's Head Is Bare
Why The Mink Smells
Why the Possum's Tail is Bare
Why the Turkey Gobbles
Wisdom
Wolf’s revenge
Women
Yahula


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History of the Cherokee Indians
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Cherokee Online Language Class
Cherokee Link Newsletter
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Roaming Buffalo
Seven Cherokee Ceremonies
Tsalagi Language Resources

Tsalagi Myths and Legends
Tsalagi (Cherokee) Web Ring
United Keetoowah Band of Tsalagi (Cherokee)


Tsalagi

The Tsalagi (Cherokee)

{chair'-uh-kee}

The Tsalagi (Cherokee) are a nation of North American Indians that formerly inhabited the mountainous region of the western Carolinas, northern Georgia, and eastern Tennessee. An Iroquoian-speaking people, they originally lived near the Great Lakes they migrated to the Southeast, eventually becoming the largest and most powerful group in that region. Their traditional culture included maize agriculture, settled villages, and well-developed ceremonialism. In 1827 the Tsalagi (Cherokee) established a constitutional form of government.

The first explorers of the Southeast discovered the most talented Indians north of Mexico. Builders, agriculturists, artisans, fishermen, and hunters epitomized especially the Tsalagi (Cherokees)' varied skills. Knowledgeable in herb culture, they developed useful medicines from them that are still used today. They also developed environmental concepts about ecological thought and survival. We are blessed by the legacies of Tsalagi (Cherokee) oral traditions, providing ethnologists with opportunities for cultural interpretations: legends about man, animals, supernatural deities, witches, and other evil influences. Their most famous leader, Sequoya, believing literacy provided power to the white man, alone developed the Tsalagi (Cherokee) alphabet (c.1820), and became immortalized when his name was given to Sequoia National Park in California.

A series of fraudulent, land-acquiring treaties were imposed on the Tsalagi (Cherokee) in the 1830s. The Treaty of New Echota (1835), in which a small tribal faction sold 2.83 million ha (7 million acres) of Tsalagi (Cherokee) land, required their removal westward within 3 years. The vast majority of the Tsalagi (Cherokee) Nation repudiated this document, but under Gen. Winfield SCOTT, most remaining Tsalagi (Cherokee) were driven from their land and forcibly marched to Arkansas and Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1838-39. About 4,000 of the more than 15,000 Tsalagi (Cherokee) who made the journey died of disease and exposure.

In Indian Territory, they joined the CHICKASAW, CHOCTAW, CREEK, and SEMINOLE to form the so-called FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES. Tribal lands were lost in the 1860s, after the Five Tribes sided with the South during the Civil War, and again in the early 1880s, when the federal government abolished tribal ownership of lands. When Indian Territory became the state of Oklahoma in 1907, all tribal lands were opened for white settlement.

In the 1980s, 43,000 persons of Tsalagi (Cherokee) descent lived in eastern Oklahoma; about 15,000 of these are considered full-blooded. The Tsalagi (Cherokee) who avoided the forced removal of 1838 escaped into the Great Smoky Mountains and resettled in North Carolina, where they formed a tribal corporation in 1889. Tsalagi (Cherokee) on or near the reservation in North Carolina numbered 6,110 in 1987.


 
Wes Studi
 
Wes Studi
One of today's
best-known actors,
Wes Studi, is Tsalagi (Cherokee)
and can be contacted
through his band, Firecat of Discord.
Wes Studi
 
Wes Studi
 

Another well-known actor, Burt Reynolds, is also Tsalagi (Cherokee).

Burt Reynolds



The Tsalagi (Cherokee) Language Font

by Joe LoCicero

(Font site maintained by & Joe's font now distributed by Joan Sarah Touzet)


Cherokee (Tsalagi) Language Syllabary

Character Names
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de
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go
ho
lo
mo
no
quo
so
do
tlo
tso
wo
a
ga
ha
la
ma
na
qua
sa
da
yo
yu
yv
wa
ya
ka
hna
ta
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gi
hi
li
mi
ni
qui
si
di
ti
tli
tsi
wi
yi
u
gu
hu
lu
mu
nu
quu
su
du
tlu
tsu
wu
v
gv
hv
lv
nv
quv
sv
dv
tlv
tla
nah
s
dla
tsa
tsv
wv
tse
we


Universities Teaching the Tsalagi (Cherokee) Language

UNIV. OF TULSA
DEPT OF LANGUAGES
TULSA, OK 74104
(918) 631-2332
Attn: MELVYN C. RESNICK

WESTERN CAROLINA UNIV.
CULLOWHEE, NC 28723
(704) 227-7241
Attn: SUZANNE MOORE


Tsalagi (Cherokee) Bulletin Boards (BBS)

Tsalagi (Cherokee) Nation (508)452-2082 96 90:324/296(N)
New Cherokee Phoenix (704)497-5898 24 1:379/601(F), 90:379/601(N)


Tahchee

Tahchee, Tsalagi (Cherokee) guide


Cherokee Blessing

May the warm winds of Heaven blow softly on your home,
And the Great Spirit bless all who enter there.

Tsalagi (Cherokee) Book Titles


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