The word Cherokee is believed to have evolved from a Choctaw word meaning "Cave People." It was picked up and used by Europeans and eventually accepted and adopted by Cherokees in the form of Tsalagi or Jalagi. Traditionally, the people now known as Cherokee refer to themselves as aniyun-wiya, a name usually translated as "the Real People," sometimes "the Original People."

1-Who were the Cherokee princesses? The Cherokee never had princesses. This is a concept based on European folktales and has no reality in Cherokee history and culture. In fact, Cherokee women were very powerful. They owned all the houses and fields, and they could marry and divorce as they pleased. Kinship was determined through the mother's line. Clan mothers administered justice in many matters. Beloved women were very special women chosen for their outstanding qualities. As in other aspects of Cherokee culture, there was a balance of power between men and women. Although they had different roles, they both were valued.

2- Did the Cherokee live in tipis? The Cherokee never lived in tipis. Only the nomadic Plains Indians did so. The Cherokee were southeastern woodland Indians, and in the winter they lived in houses made of woven saplings, plastered with mud and roofed with poplar bark. In the summer they lived in open-air dwellings roofed with bark. Today the Cherokee live in ranch houses, apartments, and trailers.

Modern Cherokee Children 

3- What was traditional Cherokee dress? Did they wear headdresses? The Cherokee have never worn feather headdresses except to please tourists. These long headdresses were worn by Plains Indians and were made popular through Wild West shows and Hollywood movies. Cherokee men traditionally wore a feather or two tied at the crown of the head. In the early 18th century, Cherokee men wore cotton trade shirts, loincloths, leggings, front-seam moccasins, finger-woven or beaded belts, multiple pierced earrings around the rim of the ear, and a blanket over one shoulder. At that time, Cherokee women wore mantles of leather or feathers, skirts of leather or woven mulberry bark, front-seam moccasins, and earrings pierced through the earlobe only. By the end of the 18th century, Cherokee men were dressing much like their white neighbors. Men were wearing shirts, pants, and trade coats, with a distinctly Cherokee turban. Women were wearing calico skirts, blouses, and shawls. Today Cherokee people dress like other Americans, except for special occasions, when the men wear ribbon shirts with jeans and moccasins, and the women wear tear dresses with corn beads, woven belts, and moccasins.

4- Do the Cherokee live on a reservation? The Cherokee do not live on a reservation, which is defined as land given by the federal government to a tribe. The Eastern Cherokee own 57,000 acres of land which they bought in the 1800s, and which is now owned by them but held in trust by the federal government. This land, called the Qualla Boundary, is mostly woods and mountains in western North Carolina, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cherokee Elders

5- How did the Eastern Band escape the Trail of Tears? The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is descended from Cherokee people who had taken land under the Treaty of 1819 and were allowed to remain in North Carolina; from those who hid in the woods and mountains until the U.S. Army left; and from those who turned around and walked back from Oklahoma. By 1850 they numbered almost a thousand. Today the Eastern Band includes about 11,000 members, while the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma claims more than 100,000 members, making the Cherokee the second largest tribe in the United States.

Cherokee Clothes

6- Do the Cherokee people want to be called Indians or Native Americans? The legal name for the Cherokee people in North Carolina is: "The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians." Because "Native American" can refer to anyone born in America, the North American Indian Women's Association recommends using the term "American Indians."

Cherokee Woman Old Picture

7- What is the Cherokee government, and do the Cherokee people receive money from the federal government? The Eastern Band of Cherokee Nations is a sovereign nation within the larger nation of the United States. The Eastern Band is governed by a Principal Chief and a Vice-Chief and a tribal council made up of twelve members--two representatives each from six townships. These are all elected democratically. Voter turnout at the last major election was 70%. Tribal members also vote in state and national elections. The tribe pays for its own schools, water, sewer, fire, and emergency services.


8- Do Cherokee people still practice their traditional culture? Cherokee arts and crafts are still practiced: basket-weaving, pottery, carving, finger-weaving, and beadwork. The Cherokee language is spoken as a first language by fewer than a thousand people and has declined rapidly because of the policies of federally operated schools. However, since the tribe has begun operation of their own schools, Cherokee language is being systematically taught in the schools. Traditional Cherokee medicine, religion, and dance are practiced privately.

A fox was hit by a car and left for dead on the side of highway. She would have succumbed to her injuries, but the right person found her and saved her life. Her recovery is heartwarming.

 When kindhearted people unselfishly give of their time and resources to help an animal in distress...Miracles Happen!

This is a story of a young fox that was left for dead on the side of the road. It's a story of hope and compassion and the amazing will of an animal to survive.

Road Accidents: Hundreds of thousands of wild birds and animals are killed and injured on roads every year. The really sad thing is that so many are left to die a slow death as they are repeatedly run over when many could be saved with proper help.

The most important thing you can do here (apart from calling a rescuer urgently), is minimise the casualty’s stress. If the casualty is not moving and it is safe to do so you can approach carefully and put a coat or blanket over its head. This will help to stop the casualty becoming too stressed.

Miracles Can Happen!
When kindhearted people unselfishly give of their time and resources to help an animal in distress...Miracles Happen!This is a story of a young fox that was left for dead on the side of the road. It's a story of hope and compassion and the amazing will of an animal to survive.It took a village to save her life, and she forever touched the hearts of...Jennifer who found her; fellow rehabber Diane in Stayner; volunteer drivers Elizabeth and Anne; Dr. Sherri Cox; Pawz 'N Clawz and Kelsey who donated foods for her; our supporters who help us make ends meet; and all our dedicated volunteers at WWS. So pat yourself on the back when you lend a helping hand and become an integral part of the bigger picture, because animals like Tammy wouldn't be here today if it weren't for you :-)
Posted by Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday, August 28, 2015


Cop Goes Out Of His Way To Do Kindest Thing For Stray Dog

 A little kindness really goes a long way: A stray dog in India got a much-needed helping hand from a kind traffic cop this week, who saw the pup trying to cross a busy street.

 As soon as he could, the cop stepped in front of the oncoming cars and trucks, stopping them to make sure the dog could safely cross the road.

Is there anything more heartwarming than seeing people go out of their way to help animals in need?

India has long been home to the Pariah Dog, one of the world’s oldest canine breeds. In slightly varied forms, the Pariah Dog has existed for over 14,000 years all over Asia and North Africa. Most rural families own at least one. As villages and rural areas turned into cities, these dogs became stray dogs. The stray dog population is regularly increased by callous owners who abandon their pets on the street.


A group of firefighters showed their moves and thanked their shuttle crews battling the Horse Fire in a unique way.

Video is getting shared online of a group of men showing their appreciation for the continuous support of people who have shuttled them to and from the Horse Fire burning in Northern California.

About a dozen American Samoa crew members performed their Haka ritual beside a Cal Fire helicopter in the mountains near Fort Bragg.

Haka is a traditional ancestral war dance of the Māori people of New Zealand. The dance is performed by a group of men with vigorous movements, stomping of the feet with rhythmic shouting. War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle or to acknowledge great achievements.

Drew Rhoads posted the video to Facebook Sunday night and most comments praise the men for their hardwork battling the wildfires.

The Horse Fire sparked on August 18 and has charred 146 acres as of Monday afternoon, Cal Fire reported. Over 950 people have worked to control the wildfire burning 6 miles north of Shelter Cove in the King Range Wilderness, according to the Bureau of Land Management.


"The American Samoa crew showing their appreciation for the crew shuttles to the Horse Fire from C-101 & 102 by showing us their Haka. Great group of men and women helping us out in NorCal."- Drew Rhoads
Posted by California Wildfire Net on Monday, August 24, 2015

It's not every day a litter of kittens this cute shows up on your doorstep, and it's an encounter one Calgary woman won't soon forget.

Kathy Reiffenstein got a bit of a shock last Friday when she found a mama bobcat and her kittens checking out the front step of her home on Havenhurst Crescent Southwest.

"I just happened to be opening the front door to clean the glass and they were jumping up onto the step," she told the Calgary Sun. "I saw mom and one kitten right away, then maybe 30 seconds later the other kittens jumped up."

The cats hung around long enough for Reiffenstein to snap a few photos, before they took off down the street.

"I have never seen a wildcat before," she told CBC News. "I assumed they were elusive. I was shocked to see them in the city."

Alberta Fish and Wildlife do not remove bobcats as they are not considered a safety concern.



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