Symbol- Anything stands for or symbolizes something else
Language- a set of spoken or written symbols which enable people to communicate complex information to others Values- Values are standards that provide a means to evaluate the worth of both material and immaterial aspects of culture Norm- Norms are rules for behavior held by a society and may vary widely among cultures Cherokee Indians have a number of symbols to represent the culture. The owl and the cougar are major symbols because they were the only two animals that could stay awake during the seven days of creation. Both of these animals are nocturnal, have excellent night vision and are highly regarded in the Cherokee community. Cedar, pine, spruce, laurel and holly trees are highly valued as well because they carry leaves all year long. They were said to be the only trees that stayed awake during the seven day creation so they have special powers. Being the most important plants they are used often in ceremonies and medicine to take advantage of their powers. Water is also a sacred value of the Cherokee tribe. Water is seen as a cleansing tool for the soul so going to the water is highly regarded. So much so, that every member must be dipped into a pool of water seven times before truly being accepted by the tribe. Circles are commonly seen throughout the tribe’s ceremonies and dances as well. This is linked back to the ancient times when the fire on the council house was built to burn in a continuous x. Iroquoian is the common language of the Cherokee community, although only 5% of Cherokee people actually speak it (native-languages.org). The language is adapted depending on your tribe much like the Spanish language. Compared to the English language Iroquoian is not as complex. “All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many Native American languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do”...
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