The Cherokees called themselves the
Ani-Yun' Wiya meaning 'Leading or
principal people. The origianl Cherokees
lived early times in Georgia, Alabama,
North and South Caroli na, Tennessee,
Kentucky and West Virginia.
Cherokee seal (above) was designed to embrace the early Government structure,
and the eternal endurance of the Cherokee Indians. It was adopted by Act
of the Cherokee National Council, and approved
1871. The seven-pointed star symbolizes: (1).
The seven age old clans of the Cherokee: (2).
The seven characters of Sequoyah's syllabary, meaning "Cherokee Nation."
Cherokee characters are phonetically pronounced "Tsa-la-gi-hi A-yi-li")
..The wreath of oak leaves synbolizes the sacred fire which, from time
immemorial, the Cherokees kept burning in their land.Oak was the wood traditionally
burned, different species of oak having ever been indigenous to Cherokee
country, both in North Carolina and Georgia as well as in
Indian Territory to which the Cherokees removed in the early 1800's...
The margin wording proclaimes the authority of the
in both the English and the Cherokee Languages, and records the date (1839)
adoption of the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation West...This seal was
imprinted on all documents until the dissolution of the Cherokee Nation
at Oklahoma Statehood.(1907)
In many snows,
May the warm
winds of heaven
May the Great Spirit
Blow softly upon your house.
Bless all who enter there.
May your mocassins
Make happy tracks
And may the rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.
you came to our country
We gave you our hand.
Then in return you took our land.
You said that we were savages
and that we had no God.
Our way of worship was forbidden
because you found it odd.
As the sun would rise
We would face the East.
To pray for all creatures
From the birds to the beasts.
To thank our creator
for another sacred day.
Because all days are sacred
if you worship the Indian way..