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It is Cherokee belief that at first there was only a brother and a sister The brother hit the sister with a fish and told her to multiply so she did In seven days she gave birth to her first kid The seven days later she did it again and again and again There were too many children to keep track of them so they decided to be able to only have one kid a year The Cherokee first settled in the southeastern portion of the United States in about 1300 AD The center of the Cherokee nation was Kituhwa near Bryson City NC so the Cherokee Indians were often referred to as Ani-Kituhwagi which meant the people of Kituhwa The Cherokee Indains are a branch of the Iroquois nation In 1838 the US Army made the Cherokee Indians leave their homeland and marched them to Indian Territory in what is today Oklahoma This is now known as the Trail of Tears Customs Lifestyles It is customary for Cherokee Indains to wake up and thank the Creator to the four directions to Mother Earth to Father Sky and to all of our relations for the life within you and for all life around you Thats a part of The Way of the Circle Kinship and membership in seven clans were decided through the mother even though women were never considered important Agriculture relied primarily on corn beans and squash and by hunting and gathering wild plantsCherokee villages were usually independent in daily activities with the whole tribe only coming together for ceremonies or times of war Leadership was divided according the circumstances which were red chiefs during war and white chiefs in times of peace Cherokee chanting comes from the slaying of Stone Coat Nayvnvwi They speak Atali Chickamauga Etali Onnontiogg and Qualia
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