Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.


Cherokee Almanac 1838 Cover

Cherokee Words for Eclipse

Feb 6, 2017

Nvdo walosi ugisgo – Sun/Moon the frog eats it

Nvdo tsulisihvsgiyi – The time when the sun/moon get dark

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible in Cherokee, North Carolina.  Cherokee people observed eclipses for millennia, and have several names for them. 

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Bullet Standingdeer at American Indian Heritage Celebration. Photo by Kristy Maney Herron.

Sale for the New Year

Jan 6, 2017

Celebrate the new year by learning Cherokee!

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Why I'm Learning Cherokee, First Language of Our Landscape by Dale Neal

Aug 2, 2016

".Gayotli Tsalagi Tsiwoniha..."

"I speak a little Cherokee."

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Cherokee Almanac for July 1838

Cherokee Almanac for July 1838

Jul 16, 2016

“Cherokee Almanac for the year of our Lord 1838, fitted to the Meridian of Fort Gibson” was printed in 1837.  The Mission Press was set up at Park Hill before most Cherokee people arrived from the Trail of Tears. John F. Wheeler printed this volume in Cherokee syllabary and English.

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Bullet Standingdeer in 18th century clothing

Make Cherokee Sentences with Dictionary -- Part 2

Jun 5, 2016

Last week we gave some patterns for sentences so that you can use our dictionary to make sentences and speak Cherokee.  A dictionary subscription is $6.99/month. 

Here are some patterns for asking questions.

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