Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.

Cherokee Words--How Many? Part 2

John Standingdeer portrays Ostenaco in council house

Cherokee language has more words than English for some topics, and these may show what was important for thousands of years.  In an earlier blog we talked about all the words for running.  There are also a lot of words about speaking.

Cherokee Words--How Many?

Bullet Standingdeer as Cherokee Emissary at Colonial Williamsburg

Cherokee Words – How Many?  Part 1

A student asked last week “How many different words are there in Cherokee language?  Do they have different words for hungry and starving? Or do they just say really hungry?”


Ancestors--photos of Swimmer and Qweti by James Mooney, Qualla Boundary, 1880s

Why it matters that I try to figure out the language:

It matters that you try…

It is in the trying that you honor the ones that came before you.

They are why you are here. 

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.


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