- The Cherokee called themselves the Ani-Yun' wiya, The Principal People.
- The Cherokee were a lighter, copper color. Different from their Neighbors, the
Choctaw, Creeks and Iroquois.
- The Cherokee bathed very often, unlike the Europeans, who considered it fine to bath in
the Fall, and not again until spring.
- The Cherokee considered the Wolf the Messenger to the Spirit World, and wouldn't kill
them. If a Wolf were killed, they would expect, a Life for a Life. Killing a
Wolf would make the Warriors weapon useless until it underwent a Cleansing Ceremony
performed by The Shaman. The ada 'wehi.
- A Cherokee woman had more rights and power than a European woman.
- When a Cherokee Woman Married, it was she who owned the house and the Children.
- The Woman had the right to kill unwanted infants. If the husband killed one, it
would be murder.
- To obtain a divorce, a woman merely had to place her husbands things outside the house.
- They considered the Sun, Water, and Fire as Sacred Gifts from the Great Spirit.
- A child was usually taught by his mother and her brothers.
- No one ever struck a Cherokee boy, it showed lack of respect for his dignity.
- Typical meals would include, beans, corn, bread (a corn and bean batter baked in corn
husk), fish, deer, rabbit or squirrel.
- The Cherokee told stories of the Nunnehi, the Little People. Who lived all about
in the brush and in the rocks. They were about 3 feet in height and were rarely
- The Men had 3 main interests, Hunting, Warfare, and Playing Ballgames; (the ballgame
part is kind of complicated and a lot of ritual was performed here. Played in a flat
field, the goals were on either end, with a pair of poles between which the ball had to be
driven to make a 'run'. The ball was picked up only with the BALLSTICKS, (Hickory
sticks, a wooden spoon with a loose webbing of Hemp or thong), although after that it
could be carried in the hand through the goals. The first 12 runs were considered
the winners. Often there were high stakes involved, Horses, blankets, etc.
- If a White man married a Cherokee woman, then he could move to their town and become
Cherokee, a member of the Tribe. The husband must follow Cherokee custom.