The Cherokee like to do some of the same things that they used to do hundreds of years ago. They still weave baskets. They also go to Cherokee schools. The Cherokee speak the same language, too.
The Cherokees called themselves “the principal people”. They lived in the southern Appalachians. They believed that their homeland was in the center of the earth and that a buzzard made the mountains. The mountains that the buzzard made was their home for at least a thousand years before the first Europeans arrived. The Cherokee villages were along the riverbank where they often stretched for miles.
Cherokee way of life had to adapt to all seasons. Their dwellings were wooden
shelters or clapboard houses in warm weather and asi (like a tipi) in the cold
weather. The asi had a fire in the center. They ate corn and beans from their
own garden. The men were responsible for the meat, which was wild game-deer,
bear and turkey. The Cherokees normally wore very few clothes, mostly made of
deerskin. The kids wore nothing at all. Cherokee men used a lot of things for
weapons such as bows and arrows, traps, blowguns and darts. There crafts included
peace pipes, baskets, pottery and facemasks. Cherokees
are proud of who they are today. They have learned to change over thousands
of years, but still do some of the same things they used to do hundreds of years
ago. For example, they still weave baskets, go to Cherokee schools and many
can speak the Cherokee language. But they have also learned to change over time.
Today they even play football and own their own businesses. The Cherokees are
after all the Ani-Yun’wiya, the principal people.