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CHEROKEE TRIBE: CULTURE AND TRADITIONS


Introduction: The Cherokee people lived their lives a little different than the way we live today. For example, the only way they got their food was from the men hunting and the women farming. Also, the Cherokee people lived in homes made out of plaster, which were as strong as log cabins instead of regular houses. Another way the Cherokee people are different from us is they spoke a language specific to their tribe.

FOOD:

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  • Cherokee's were farmers
  • women harvested crops-the three sisters (corn, beans, squash)
  • women gathered berries, nuts and fruit to eat
  • men hunted deer, wild turkeys
  • men fished in the rivers
  • dinner included cornbread, soups, and stew cooked on stone hearths

SHELTER:

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  • lived in settled villages
  • lived near rivers
  • houses were made of rivercane an plaster, with thatched roofs
  • houses were as strong as log cabins
  • many villages had reinforced walls for protection
  • lived in the southeast until they were forced to move to Oklahoma

CUSTOMS/TRADITIONS:

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  • spoke Cherokee Indian language-complex language with soft sounds
  • children went to school and helped around the house
  • children enjoyed hunting and fishing with their dads

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Taylor, C.J. All the Stars in the Sky, Native Stories from the Heavens. Tundra Books. 2006.
Redish, Laura and Lewis, Orrin.
Native Languages of the Americas: Preserving and promoting American Indian Languages
“Resources on American Indians for Children and Teachers”
http://www.native-languages.org/kids.htm. 1990.

Redish, Laura and Lewis, Orrin.
“Cherokee Indian Fact Sheet”
http://www.bigorrin.org/cherokee_kids.htm. 1990.

IMAGES:
Busch Craft and Survival: http://bushcraftandsurvival.blogspot.com
Hub Pages: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Seven-Clans-of-the-Cherokee
Knights MSA: http://knightsmsa.blogspot.com/