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The Cherokee language


The isolation that contributed to the formation
of some mountain dialects also helped Native Americans preserve their heritage in the rising
tide of European culture. Ahnawo gisduisi
[English: “putting a cloth over it”] It talks about where the Indians used to use a cloth to make a medicine when they used
to have a cloth to put their medicine on and that’s what he’s talking about on that song. This is one of my frog bowl. Gadagwahl degvd degvsgvyu,
[English: “I use that clay and really work it, tsulasg nigvgv.
to make a pot”] That’s how I was making pottery. My name in the
Cherokee language is Maga uwodigei, ale osigwu nagwadvhnadegv.
[English: “Mark Brown, and I’m doing alright”] I’m alright. Nole nigohilv digilvwisdane gehv.
[English: “And I used to work all the time.”] I worked all the time. And that’s the Cherokee language. Siyo, osigwutsu?
[English: “Hi, are you doing alright? Taline denadagohv
We’ll see each other again.”] See you again. My youngest one, that’s all he knew when he
first talked was Cherokee and he picked up English from these other kids before he even
started school. I speak all the time, I don’t care if they
didn’t understand me, I’d get after them if speak in English. I said I always tell them, I speak in Cherokee. Well, I use Cherokee any time I’m talking
to a Cherokee. It don’t matter where it’s at. I’d rather talk Cherokee than English. Me and my grandchildren, I talk to them
in Cherokee and I named them with Cherokee names myself so I can call them. They named these babies so hard names, I ain’t
never heard in my life. I can’t say their names so I just named them
myself an Indian name. Well that’s the way it was in the way long
time ago they had to name them an Indian name. Now they don’t even know what their Indian
name is. Prior to colonization, the area that would
become North Carolina was home to numerous native language groups including Iroquoian,
Algonquian, and Siouxan language families. In 1870, the United States government established
mandatory boarding schools for Indians across the country. Young Indians were forced to live apart from
their parents in the federal schools. Their hair was cut, their clothes were replaced
by school uniforms, and the use of their native language was punished severely. All of these children were assigned new English
names. They wanted to civilize us, I suppose. They were punished for speaking Cherokee. So I think that was when it became endangered. Of course, you know, we feel the effects of
it now because there’s so many that don’t speak the language. Every time someone that spoke Cherokee dies,
there’s been quite a few more and more as they get older. Makes me feel kind of bad. So now we use it some here not like we did. We only have one preacher that could preach
Cherokee without any English. Only one left. We had two and then one died a few months
ago.. I mean they did speak in Cherokee mostly all
of them way back when I was growing up. There weren’t too many people that speak in
English. Just a few of them. And you’d go to the home, they all speak in
Cherokee. Everywhere you went. And now you can’t go nowheres and they’d say
I don’t know how to speak it. Cherokee language is almost gone. There’s probably less than 300 Cherokees that
speak fluent Cherokee, you know. When I was a kid, I was very much aware of
that cadence in the craft shops. I worked in the craft shops down there from
the time I was 14, it was probably against the law, clear up to when I graduated from
college. I’d go back in the summer and work down there
in the summer when I was in college. There’s an awful lot of fake Cherokees now. Guys making a good living pretending to be
Cherokees that are really extroverted and sort of show people. You can usually identify a fake Cherokee by
his name. If it’s a beautiful name. Floating Eaglefeather, you know, Snow Bear. Beware! Beware, beware. Because the Cherokee names, there are some
colorful ones, but what you hear more often is Tooni, Crow, Big Meat, Smoker, Stomper, Swimmer. They don’t have the drama that people like
in a colorful name. Princess Pale Moon, ohh, look out. Course there’s a genuine effort in Cherokee
to give you the true Cherokees. But, lots of times the tourists aren’t interested
in that. They want bloody tomahawks and scalping, and
they want what they’re accustomed to. They wanna see a deer slayer right there on
Main Street. And if you tell them that Cherokees were sophisticated
and agrarian, they raised cotton, they had their own alphabet syllabary, their own newspaper
back in the 1820’s, they get bored. That’s not really what they want. That’s not the image they want. The Cherokee culture and language will survive
because of the great emphasis that has been going on for the last five or six years. And I think that we are getting to the children
at the right time and that is birth on. Language is culture and culture is language. That’s who we are. Our language is who we are. Once you start learning the language, it branches
out to all other areas: history, culture, traditions So when they’re learning the language they’re
learning, you know, everything about the Cherokee people as well. Not many of us can fully say things like the
older people can, but we’re learning which makes it better. Not many people can say they can speak two
different languages. And especially a Native American language
and I think it’s pretty cool that that’s our heritage, that we’re learning our heritage. If you see like white people and stuff, it’s like, we’ll talk to each other about them and they won’t know. I don’t know, it just kind of feels good to
have our own language that nobody else can understand. All our elders know it, but if we don’t learn
it, And they’re gone, then it’s going to be gone. Nobody knows it. So if we don’t learn it, nobody’ll know it,
and it’s like our heritage is gone. We’ve got some here yet who speak Cherokee
in their 40s and 50s, no kids. They speak Cherokee. But they’re learning, they sing, the kids
catch on quick.

68 Replies to “The Cherokee language”

  • What are you? You don't look like any Native American Indian's I know. I grew up poor and even my poorest didn't like like you. Well, there was Aunt Susan.

  • If they want identity, freedom, land and equal rights I do believe that it should start with speaking their native tongue. Language is the most powerful tool to overthrow a regime. Just like how the whites used english to conquer them. So speak your language and you will achieve greater results. Stop using english.

  • I’m 15% Cherokee 20% Blackfoot. Even though I am not full and don’t have very much native in me, my family all embrace it. Wish I was full Cherokee. Much love 2 both tribes

  • My grandma is Cherokee and Creole. Best of both worlds, but she's more Cherokee and she was born and grew up in Alabama

  • I wonder if there is a Linguistics expert watching this video.
    Do all Native American tribes or nations speak a similar language?
    Are they rbased on any one root language. Just curious.

  • American = the copper race found here by the Europeans. All autochthon aborigines aka indians are 0 bloodtype beings also e1b1a alpha and omega beings. They are not even speaking the iroquois language which was our national universal language being as it was our unilateral government of land laws and rules. The fact that these Europeans screen play our nationality in a disguised mix of imported asians is bs.

  • I married the daughter of two Okie's. As time went by I met her Oklahoma family and found out that they were descended from the Bedford and the Ross families. The people of the Trail of Tears. Only the very old could speak the "Old Language" as it had been highly discouraged in public. Tragic. I hope the people in NC are successful in reviving not only the language, but their culture. I think speaking the language of where your family name came from, and knowing of the culture would only add to the American culture. We are a Nation of immigrants, even the first peoples were immigrants.

  • I’m sorry but I didn’t know Indians had blonde hair and blue eyes… I guess you learned something new every day 🤷🏾‍♀️

  • Please keep the Cherokee language alive. I have some Cherokee heritage – Powhatan and Tomahittan too. I'm closer genealogically to my Tomahittan ancestors, but don't have a clue as to their language, perhaps that of the Hitichiti. I don't know that anyone speaks it anymore. Just as well, I guess: they weren't very pleasant neighbors (may have been descendants of the lost Maya people). So keep teaching Cherokee and passing it down so it isn't lost like so many others.

  • Darn, the North Carolinians have way more drawl than my Oklahoman relatives, way more! The Lucas Family of Henryetta .

  • Sounds and looks like asians, chinese, korean, japanese, portegusse,phillipines,. They are edomite mexican asian chinese etc…mixed they are a culture not a race

  • Much Blessings to you ✝️🌷Smiles with fist is my Cherokee name for my granddaughter ❤️

  • The only connection to my Cherokee roots is my name, Dyami, meaning "Eagle flying through the clouds". I can't learn anything from my Dad's side of the family who's cherokee because my Dad is incarcerated and a heroin/drug addict, his mom is a violent alcoholic, and my great grandmother died from alcoholism when my Grandmother (my dads mom) was in her early 20s and when my dad was a toddler. It saddens me that I dont/wont know what I want to know about my roots to this land, I just hope I can eventually learn more of my family history by myself cuz no one with the same blood as me can teach me.

  • I am Cherokee and Cajun. It's interesting and sad to see the similarities between the two disappearing languages. Fight for them!

  • Born in Austin, Texas and enjoying all the old-timer's tales, I knew that the Cherokee were known for their singing. Fast-forward 50 years of college degrees and professional continuing education and by far the most interesting thing that I still continue to learn more about is the roots of my faith through Israel and learning the Paleo Hebrew aleph-beit that God spoke to Moses, as well as singing the Psalms as intended when David wrote them. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT STUDY…and it is actually connected to this video about the Cherokee, who obviously already knew and worshiped the Most High God, our Creator, before the Christian pilgrims ever came to this continent! Why else would Thanksgiving be held at the time of the Fall Feasts of YHWH that are commanded as an eternal statute for all the generations of who worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Jesus? Our forefathers were very faithful people who rejected the pagan celebrations of Christ Mass (Saturnalia) and Ishtar fertility eggs replacing Passover (Pesach) forced on the Church by a Roman Emperor in 321 AD, and the Cherokee are also remnants of faithful Israel. In fact, the Hebrew words for "sing with me" are "shiru-ki" to this day! Amazing stuff…and if you haven't dusted off your old King James in a while, take a gander at Exodus31:13 if it matters to you that our Creator established "A SIGN BETWEEN ME AND YOU FOR ALL YOUR GENERATIONS."

    If that weren't enough, He said that this very small, easy to obey BLESSING is "above all!"

    That cut me to the bone when I realized that Jesus clearly obeyed and taught these things from the only Bible that existed. The early Church clearly kept these commands, even as Rev14:12 says all the Saint do! Yet the masses (on a wide road) still follow and teach the dictates of a pagan Roman Emperor false-convert and twist the words of Paul into the exact PRACTICE OF LAWLESSNESS THAT JESUS WARNED CHRISTIANS WOULD CAUSE HIM TO REJECT THEM!!! See Mt7:21-23 and 2Peter3:14-17 and be prepared to hit your knees in repentance…as millions like me are doing by the unmistakable leading of the Holy Spirit. There is a little documentary addressing it called The Way, but the very best source I can recommend for solid biblical exegesis (rather than the isogesis of the children of those who submitted to Constantine rather than go to the coluseum or the cross) is 119Ministries teachings: The Pauline Paradox (series) and a video called The Lost Sheep. Eye opening stuff!

    Be blessed by the Truth…rather than indicted. (!)

    WWJD

  • My Grandmother was full blooded Cherokee born and raised on the reservation in Oklahoma. I always regretted I never asked her to teach me the language. Kids don't care about things like that until it's too late.

  • Just imagine how Black Americans feel…they had their original identity, culture, and language beat out of them and had to create a new one that everyone appropriate globally and make $ off of….
    @ least you all still have your language…never let that go no matter how much they try and make you…

  • Wonder if grandmother was……. 🧐Cherokee…they sd. Southern……. She favor gm a little but my grandmother wss browner.

  • Thats horrible…. Wickedness they had no right them wrong…… So called civilation…..😩😮😕😟😢

  • bravo… Keep it up cz .. Some tribes already lose their lang… Mybe 4ever😟😢💜💜🙏🙏🙏🙏 God bless u all✝🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 wish ur spirits peace& happiness ☝☝☝☝☝☝☝🌼🌼 lol 🌾🌻🌿🌿🍃🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🐾🐾🐾🐾🐻🐾🐾

  • ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ ㅁ ㅂ ㅅ ㅇ ㅈ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ ㄲ ㄸ ㅃ ㅆ ㅉ

  • My good friend who passed away was Cherokee I would love to know the language. Cherokee was the first written native language.

  • That's a laugh the Cherokee were more civilized then the men who ruled over them. A history are nation should be ashamed of.

  • Cherokee spoken with a heavy southern accent like at 1:30 sounds terrible, rather than hearing a native Cherokee accent.

  • I hate how white people are calling everyone else terrorists and criminals yet Europeans were the most savage barbarians in history. They raped the whole world for resources, took millions of slaves, and committed numerous genocides (the Americas, Australia, etc), and never had to pay reparations for it. Today theyre still the most prosperous countries enriched by colonialism which is now preserved by the capitalist exploitation of third world countries by western companies.

  • Im 1.4 cherokee. Dad was 1.2 and grandmother full cherokee… Im 33. I need to learn my native tongue man…

  • Beautiful lady, 1st nation, pushed out, push out the white rich New Yorkers, give these people back their lands, buffalo, flushing meadow, c’mon this is their lands

  • No government has the right to take away any heritage of native Americans. Yea teach English to get along , but why is the government concert since they will not declare English as our country’s language

  • Isn’t that a beautiful sound, I am a mountain woman and I hunt arrowheads, not to sell, just because I got tired of the plows tearing them up. I moved here from Tulsa,ok, and I have heard many dialects. Several years ago I know the Ute was down to 2 or 3 elderly who was trying to get the young Indians to learn, I think I hear Sequoah crying. I am so very sorry for what my white part of me did to you. These children underwent genicide. Makes me sad.

  • I would love to give many of my arrowheads back to them, any suggestions? I have thousands, over 1,000 grinding rocks, Mano bowls, pottery, beads, all FOUND ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, I will not give them to a museum that will only pack them away to never be seen again, I have a spiritual connection to this stuff. Teachers write me back, would like be to get native Americans involved in archeological. I not lookin for momentary gain, maybe one of your special blessings would work. Mountain woman Norma

  • They need a language professor to document the full language. I am Cajun and this is the sad history of the French too. We have had our language studied and documented for this very reason.
    In the olden days they made the elders feel uneducated and embarrassed to speak their language so they didn't teach their kids. My grandma said her brain still thought in french no matter how hard she tried 🙂

  • I'm originally from Indiana my grandpa was full-blooded Cherokee Chief my grandmother was half Cherokee and half white but none of us were taught to speak Cherokee we had to use a white man's name I wish I could go back to my roots I would love it

  • The only real looking Cherokee is Beth……

    Everyone else are pretendian white people

    1828 Webster dictionary – American

  • That aint no damn Cherokee..
    And everyone on this feed knows this ..
    Cherokee are black people.
    Yall wash our history and replace us Everytime

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