Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.

It is snowing-- Gutiha!

Snow in the Smoky Mountains.  Photo by Kristy Maney Herron

It’s Snowing –Gutiha

Here in the mountains it has been snowing for several days, as it has throughout the east.  So here are some words for you to use to talk about snow.

Words for Warriors-- Dahnawa Danatlihi

Outacite, Chief of the Cherokees.  London, 1762

The Cherokee word for warrior, Dahnawa Danatlihi,  literally means “War  They-Are-Running-Place.”  One way to translate that would be “They run to the place of war.” Or you could say, “Where they run is war.”

Cherokee Merry Christmas

"Cold Mountain Sunrise" © Scott Hotaling.  Used by permission.

This time of year you might see greetings in Cherokee language:
Ulihelisdi Tsisa Undetiyisgv = Merry Christmas 
Ulihelisdi Atse Udetiyisgv =  Happy New Year 

John Standindeer Receives Patent

John "Bullet" Standingdeer

John Standingdeer Jr., a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has received a patent for his new and unique method for decoding the inherent patterns in the Cherokee language, making it simple and easy to learn this endangered language.


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