8 Truths About “Cherokee” Everyone Should Know

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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.”

In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

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Ernest and Mollie Burkhart married in 1917. Unbeknownst to Mollie, a member of the Osage tribe, the marriage was part of a larger plot to steal her family’s oil wealth.

Generations ago, the American Indian Osage tribe was compelled to move. Not for the first time, white settlers pushed them off their land in the 1800s. They made their new home in a rocky, infertile area in northeast Oklahoma in hopes that settlers would finally leave them alone.

Vintage portraits taken more than 100 years ago over the span of three decades capture Native American life in the early 20th century

The people within the photographs willingly participated in the project given their culture was at risk of disappearing

  • Series of vintage portraits were taken by American photographer Edward S. Curtis 100 years ago
  • Curtis spent 30 years documenting Native American life from Louisiana to Alaska
  • He took more than 40,000 photographic images of 80 different tribal groups across America
  • It formed part of his monumental project The North American Indian, which is now a significant record

DNA Testing Proves Native American Genealogy To Be Among The Most Unique In The World…

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The systematic destruction of the Native Americans, First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and their entire way of life was not only one of recorded history’s greatest tragedies, but, as with the slave trade, deeply spiritually wounding to all involved.

The utter decimation of their culture is one of the most shameful aspects of our history, the extent of the damage still being down-played and denied entry into textbooks and history-lessons to this day.

DNA scientists claim that Cherokees are from the Middle East

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The Cherokees have lived in the Southeastern United States for over 10,000 years.Cherokees developedand cultivated corn, beans and squash – “the three sisters” – along with sunflowers and other crops.

Archaeological evidence, early written accounts, and the oral history ofthe Cherokees themselves show the Cherokees as a mighty nation controlling more than 140,000 square miles with a population of thirty-six thousand or more. Often the townhouse stood on an earthen mound, which grew with successive ceremonial re-buildings.”