Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.

Gvgisdi - Watermelon

By Kumon (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Native to Africa, this fruit (Citrullis lanatus) has spread around the world. It was cultivated by ancient Egyptians more than three thousand years ago, and watermelon seeds were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

Level 2 Students Master FUTURE tense

Sample questions, Level 2 FUTURE

Level 2 students taking the Your Grandmother's Cherokee course in Cherokee, N.C., have just mastered the FUTURE tense. For example, "I will go to Asheville" = Tokiasdi dagesi. They passed their exam with A's and B's. Way to go!


Red Maples in the Great Smoky Mountains. Photo by Barbara R. Duncan

Gohi iga
This day

Kawoni taline
April 2nd

It’s warm outside

Atse tsogesi
Green fields
(Fields are green)

Flowers are blooming


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