Adv. Eng. 11
The History of The Cherokee Indians
Cherokee comes from the creek word "Ciló-kki" with the meaning of “people of a different speech”. The Bureau of Indian Tribes has the largest database of records and histories of Native American tribes within the country. The Cherokee Indian speaks the language of Iroquian. Many believe that the Cherokee Indians were one of the largest tribes to settle in the Southeast American portion of the country. The tribe came from Iroquoian descent. The Cherokee Indians had originated from the Great Lakes but eventually traveled and settled closer to the east coast. They were very spiritual and took their religion seriously. The Cherokee Indians were a very strong tribe. They had several smaller sections that were all lead by chiefs. Instead of living in the infamous tee pee like other tribes, the Cherokee Indians lived in a cabin made of logs. The Cherokee people are best known for their fine baskets usually made from cane, white oak, hickory bark and honeysuckle. Other traditional Cherokee crafts includes the primarily for pipes, carving of soapstone, weaving, pottery, and beadwork. Cherokee traditionally buried their dead in the earth as they believed that the plants fed the animals as for the animals and plants fed the people, and the people, at their death, should return the favor by being buried into Earth and fedding the plants. They stongly believed in fairness and giving back. In warm weather the men wore nothing but breedcloth and mocassins. When winter came around they added leggings along with a thick jacket. Priests and Chiefs dressed in full long cloaks that were made of feathers or cloth turbans. They would shave their heads but would leave a topknot which they grew long. Their bodies and faces were most likely tattooed. The Cherokee women would wear skirts along with a poncho top or Cherokee Tear Dress. Their jewelry were made of sliver and shells. Painted clay beads were m...
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