Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.


Cherokee Indian dinner, from

Another Reason To Learn Cherokee

Oct 22, 2015

According to information on the Internet, speaking Cherokee could be good for your health.

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

Gvgisdi - Watermelon

Jun 7, 2015

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.

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Your Grandmother's Cherokee ™

My mother, her day. Agitsi utseli iga.

May 9, 2015

In Cherokee language, say "Etsi," for "Mother" when you are speaking directly to your mother. If you are talking about her or someone else's mother, you can be very specific. In Cherokee, there are four ways to say "Our mother" depending on exactly whose mother she is.

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Sample questions, Level 2 FUTURE

Level 2 Students Master FUTURE tense

May 5, 2015

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!

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


Apr 2, 2015

Gohi iga
This day

Kawoni taline
April 2nd

It’s warm outside

Atse tsogesi
Green fields
(Fields are green)

Flowers are blooming

Anitsiskwa danogi’a
Birds are singing

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