The Cherokee (Tsalagi/ᏣᎳᎩ)

One of my Cherokee ancestors, the many-greats-removed "Aunt Penny" (1807-1880), whom I was incredibly lucky to find a photo of online.  Sadly, no pictures survive in our family of her brother, who was my Great-Great-Great-Grandfather.

One of my Cherokee ancestors, the many-greats-removed "Aunt Penny" (1807-1880), whom I was incredibly lucky to find a photo of online.  Sadly, no pictures survive in our family of her brother, who was my Great-Great-Great-Grandfather.

I am (very) distantly part-Cherokee.  Here I'm collecting resources for those interested in learning about this incredible people who have suffered so much collective cultural, spiritual, and physical trauma, yet have persevered and kept their legacy alive to this day.  Currently, the Cherokee are the largest surviving Native American tribe in the United States.  

 

GENERAL REFERENCE

Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center

Cherokee Nation (Western Cherokee)

Cherokee Preservation Foundation (Eastern Cherokee)

 

BLOG POSTS ABOUT MY CHEROKEE HERITAGE

Tracing Rumors of Cherokee Ancestry (January 2017)
Inspiration: A Native American Food Educator (January 2017)
March, "The Windy Month" (March 2017)
April (ka wo ni/ᎫᏬᏂ), "Month of the Flower Moon" (April 2017)

 

LANGUAGE

Cherokee/English Translation Tool (scroll to the bottom of the page to find it)

The Cherokee Syllabary

First Language: The Race To Save Cherokee (2014 video)