Your Grandmother's Cherokee

Preserving the Cherokee language, one word at a time.


Tsula, Fox, from the Cherokee Primer 1845.  Blackfox is a different word, Inoli.

Message from Wiggins Blackfox --Inoli

Apr 11, 2014

Tsali, meaning Charlie in the Cherokee language, is the most mispronounced word in the language.  Majority (90%) of people that claim to be Cherokee on the Qualla Boundary say Sa-li.  There is no such word pronounced this way.  The T is not silent.

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Apr 9, 2014

"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you.

Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time.

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Snow on cedar tree, photo by Barbara Duncan

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.

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Cherokee woman carrying baby in the traditional way

Happy New Year?

Dec 30, 2013

Happy New Year?

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Bullet Standingdeer


Nov 26, 2013

If you go to a Cherokee person’s house, on any day, they will give you something to eat and drink.  They might not even ask, might just set it in front of you.  And you need to eat something, drink something.  This is what the old people always told me.  Even if you’re not hungry, eat something. 

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