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Life in a Cherokee Town...

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Haleigh Allen

on 1 November 2012

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Transcript of Life in a Cherokee Town...

Woah! What was that? An arrow flies through the thin air, striking a unsupecting deer.


It was a Cherokee man hunting.
You may ask "Who are the Cherokee?" I will tell you. "How did the Cherokee get their food?" Is what you might be asking yourself, well... The Cherokee farmed,and farmed,and farmed.They had MILLONS ,ok maybe not MILLONS but LOTS of crops of corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers. They also gathered brightly colored berries,tough-shelled nuts and yummy fruit to eat. The Cherokee men hunted deer, wild turkeys, and small game. Now you might be asking yourself, "What did the Cherokee wear? Did they have feather headdresses?" I guess I`ll tell you... Cherokee men wore breechcloths and leggings. Cherokee women wore wraparound skirts and poncho-style blouses made out of woven fiber or deerskin. The Cherokee wore moccasins on their feet. But they DID NOT wear feather headdresses. I bet your wondering "What are the Clans? Are they other tribes?" not exactly... Wolf clan:
The Wolf Clan is the largest and most prominent clan. They provide most of the war chiefs in our history. Small Bird Clan:
The Small Bird Clan rests in the north on the Chickamaugan Stomp Ground. They are very skilled in using blowguns and snares for birdhunting. Deer Clan:
Deer Clan members were the keeper of the deer, deer hunters and trackers, tanners and seamers as well as keeper of the deer medicines. Long Hair or Twister Clan:
Members of the Twister Clan are also known as Long Hair (Anigilohi). Members of this clan wore their hair in elaborate hair styles, walked in a proud and vain manner, twisting their shoulders. Blue Clan:
Members of the Blue Clan were keepers of all children's medicines and caretakers of the medicinal herb gardens. They became known for a medicine from a bluish colored plant called the Blue Holly and were so named after it. Wild Potato Clan:
Members of the Wild Potato Clan were known as farmers and gatherers of the wild potato plants in swamps (gatogewi meaning swamp), and along streams to make flour or bread. The Red Paint or Paint Clan:
The Red Paint or Paint Clan were also known as the "Corn People". This clan is the smallest and most secretive of the groups. Now you might be asking yourself..."What was the Trail Of Tears? Was it just a name for a trail?"

No, Actually the Trail Of Tears was a sad place, and still is for the Cherokee people.
Trail of Tears was the Cherokee name for what the Americans called Indian Removal. During the 1800's, the US government created an "Indian Territory" in Oklahoma and sent all the eastern Native American tribes to live there. Some tribes willingly agreed to this plan. Other tribes didn't want to go, and the American army forced them. The Cherokee tribe was one of the largest eastern tribes, and they didn't want to leave their homeland. The Cherokees were peaceful allies of the Americans, so they asked the Supreme Court for help. The judges decided the Cherokee Indians could stay in their homes. But the President, Andrew Jackson, sent the army to march the Cherokees to Oklahoma anyway. They weren't prepared for the journey, and it was winter time. Thousands of Cherokee Indians died on the Trail of Tears. Many Native Americans from other tribes died too. It was a terrible time in history.
So what? Why should you care?
You should care because the Cherokee are still here and they can pass their culture to us.
The Cherokee are a VERY important part of our history.
The Cherokee have so much games,dolls,clothing that we might,even use today!
Who knows,you might even be part Cherokee!
The Cherokee were/are a beautiful and wonderful tribe,without them history just wouldn`t be the same...
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