What is Cherokee?

  • (noun): The Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee people.
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The Cherokee (/ˈtʃɛrəkiː/; Cherokee: ᏣᎳᎩ Tsalagi) are a Native American people historically settled in the Southeastern United States (principally Georgia, the Carolinas, and East Tennessee). Linguistically, they are part of the Iroquoian language family. In the 19th century, historians and ethnographers recorded their oral tradition that told of the tribe having migrated south in ancient times from the Great Lakes region, where other Iroquoian-speaking peoples were located. They began to have contact with European traders in the 18th century.

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Cherokee, California - Demographics
... The 2010 United States Census reported that Cherokee had a population of 69 ... The racial makeup of Cherokee was 48 (70%) White, 0 African American, 2 (3%) Native American, 8 (12%) Asian, 0 Pacific Islander, 0 from other races, and 11 (16%) from two or more races ...
Geology Of Kansas - Physiographic Regions - Cherokee Lowlands
... The Cherokee lowlands is a region of southeast Kansas immediately north and west of the Ozark plateau in Cherokee, Labette, Crawford and Bourbon Counties ... developed on the shale and sandstone of the Cherokee Group of Pennsylvanian age ... The Cherokee Group is noted for rich deposits of coal in Kansas and across the midwestern United States ...
Joel B. Mayes - Cherokee Chief
... He was named Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation after a disputed election in 1887 ... It was during his administration that the Cherokee Outlet sale was negotiated ... Preceded by Dennis Bushyhead Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 1887–1891 Succeeded by C ...
Customs and Functions of The Cherokee Clans
... The Cherokee society was historically a matrilineal society meaning children belong to the mother's clan, and hereditary leadership and property were passed through the ... Traditionally, women were considered the head of household among the Cherokee, with the home and children belonging to her should she separate from a husband, and maternal uncles were ... In addition, Cherokee society tended to be matrilocal, meaning that once married a couple moved in with or near the bride's family ...
Cherokee Moons Ceremonies
... The Cherokee Moons Ceremonies were the ancient seasonal round of ceremonies practiced during ancient times by the Ah-ni-yv-wi-ya or 'Principle People' in the ancient culture. 12 months, there are actually 13 cycles or phases of the moon in the Cherokee Calendar ... a necessary spiritual element for growth and encouraged social gatherings among the Cherokee Clans and Cherokee Society in the ancient culture ...

More definitions of "Cherokee":

  • (noun): A member of an Iroquoian people formerly living in the Appalachian Mountains but now chiefly in Oklahoma.

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    A Cherokee is too smart to put anything in the contribution box of a race that’s robbed him of his birthright.
    Howard Estabrook (1884–1978)

    Long accustomed to the use of European manufactures, [the Cherokee Indians] are as incapable of returning to their habits of skins and furs as we are, and find their wants the less tolerable as they are occasioned by a war [the American Revolution] the event of which is scarcely interesting to them.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)