Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.

Why has no one seen this? (Or have they?)

Portrait of Stephen Peter DuPonceau by Thomas Sully, 1830

We have asked ourselves this many times, after the patterns of Cherokee became clear. The language seemed so simple, and yet so incredibly beautiful. It was logical and consistent to a degree that scholars today say is impossible.

Message from John Standingdeer

John "Bullet" Standingdeer, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

My dad used to say, water seeks its own level. If you’re lost in the mountains, follow a stream downhill, and it will come to a bigger stream, and will lead you out, because the water finds the best way down the hill. Trails are the same way.


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