noun (plural same or Cherokees)
1A member of an American Indian people of the southeastern US, now living on reservations in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
- Many Indians died when the United States army took the Cherokees to Oklahoma.
- North Carolina forced the Cherokees out onto the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.
- The offspring of unions between Cherokees became members of their mother's clan.
2The Iroquoian language of the Cherokee, which has had its own script since 1820.
- It is used in the Indian churches and at the stomp grounds, and many children still grow up with Cherokee as their first language, learning English when they go to school.
- So we were a literate people, therefore most of our mythology has been codified and has been written down, either in Cherokee or in Cherokee and then translated to English.
- In the 1820's the most impressive cultural change was made as an actual written language derived from the Cherokee spoken word was created.
Relating to the Cherokee or their language.
- The nation was overrun by refugees from the Creek and Cherokee nations, however, which were occupied by troops.
- A Cherokee grandmother recited Crazy Horse's prophecy about these very times, as the Old Age closes.
- For the first time since the race began, the colonel took down his glass and angrily addressed the Cherokee chief in his Indian language.
From Cherokee tsaraki.
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