Gutiha! It is snowing!
Feb 12, 2014
Gutiha It Is Snowing
Nogow sgwisda gutiha = Now it is snowing a lot.
Sgwisda untsi = A lot of snow on the ground.
Gohi sunale uwutodi uwalenvhv’i = This morning it began to snow
Sunale’i dagutanigwo = Tomorrow it will still snow.
A way to transform the words into past and future, patterns we could remember, simple rules of grammar—that’s what we were looking for, seven years ago. That’s what Your Grandmother’s Cherokee provides.
Marianne Mithun, a linguistic scholar who studies American Indian languages, said “Patterns are the key to language productivity.” By productivity, she means being able to produce a language, like when you’re learning to speak. The consistent patterns within Cherokee language itself showed us the way.
Gutiha = It is snowing
Dagutani = It will snow
Uwutanv’I = It snowed
Uwutodi = It-to-snow
You can use this in longer sentences, like
Uwutodi agwaduliha = I want it to snow!