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Osiyo nigada! (Hello, Everyone)

I'm part Tsalagi (Cherokee) and like to use the language every chance I get. I am taking tsalagi classes and have finally made it to tsalagi tali (Cherokee II). It's a very hard language to speak and remember because each word can mean so many different things, depending on the situation, surroundings, etc. It's a picture language and it isn't a lost language because we have hundreds sign up to take it each semester!! Contrary to common belief, there are no Cherokee names for our English ones. You have a Cherokee name and an English name. As of yet, I only have an English name. :(

My regalia outfit (they're not called costumes since a costume is not sacred and can be worn by anyone) is handmade, and once someone invites me to participate in a powwow, etc., I can make the shawl. All regalia is made by the owner. It is also an insult to touch the person's regalia unless you are given permission since regalia is an expression of spirit and is prayed over and blessed. It also is expensive to make and takes so long to make it. ( I, personally, have never seen anyone denied if asked to touch. I have never told anyone no.)

I am a kindred spirit with the waya (wolf). I have "adopted" two, one , "Raven", was killed by a man who said he thought she was a coyote, the other one, "Lakota", is a white Gray Wolf. She is in the forest near the Nez Perce area. One day I hope to own one of my own.

There is no tsalagi word for welcome (everyone should always be welcome in your presence)--we say gvdanilvgi (I am accepting you). The same for goodbye (we will all be together at some point in the future)--we say donadagohvi (till we meet again) or talenaeh (until next time). For me, the most special part of the language is that NO curse words exist and never did.

Enough--I could go on forever. :) I leave you with
dohiyi ale alihelitsedasdi (Peace and happiness).



Member Since: 3/22/2008

My Goals:
I'm going to find myself again by:
1. Listening to my heart and my body
2. Sleeping more
3. Exercising daily
4. Letting go of the past
5. Remembering there's a future

My Program:
1. Follow the nutrition plan on SP site to the best of my ability.
2. Go to bed earlier and actually go to sleep.
3. Exercise daily.
4. Control my portions.
5. Say NO more often to chips and sweets!!

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Originally from Kentucky, I miss the mountains and the good, down-to-earth people.
Also miss my UK Basketball!
I miss my children!!

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I love to sing. Had a musical family and have sung all my life. Favs are Gospel, country, oldies, Adele.... geeze, I love it all!! Learning the Cherokee language is a dream coming true. My family is the most important thing to me on earth after Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

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  • v BEELADY56
    emoticon just stopping by to say Hello and hope you are surrounded with Blessings emoticon emoticon
    177 days ago
    My prayers are being said for you continually and I will not cease until I hear the good report!!!!


    - Nancy Jean -
    178 days ago
  • v no profile image KATHRYNGC
    Well, don't that beat all! My parents are from Harlan County in Kentucky. Pineville is not far from little area most of my kin still live. Most of my childhood summers was spent on top that mountain .Granny's side (Daddy) was from Rosehill , VA. Hate only one thing in those mountains and that's those blasted snakes!
    Maybe, you can help me with two words by typing out how they sound, If you would , please. I tell my grandchildren the story of first man and woman as well as the strawberry story and them. I pronounce her name (Sulu) just like the Asian StarTrek member operating the control panel. First man's name I cannot even begin to so , thus call him Adam. Think you can give me an ideal or should I stick to Adam. LOL Also, tell them the story of how fire came to be and the little water spider.
    Keep taking care and being extra careful.....ya hear!

    180 days ago
  • v no profile image KATHRYNGC
    Your page is very interesting, especially about learning the language. Years ago had looked into tapes to learn the language but only Western Cherokee was available. Then George Edwin( Cherokee professor at Kent State was going to teach but closed his little shop). Am unable to connect with him since. Noticed the pic of the Smokies. Do you live in the area. I have always loved the mountains. Whenever, am in them will watch each morning to see "the spirits rising". Mercy, it's as if a person could almost here them calling. Oops, now I am rattling so will stop. I didnt make it to Qualla Boundary last summer but was there year before. You be safe and take care......ya hear!

    186 days ago
  • v BEELADY56
    Yay I added you also my dear spark sister! I left for a while and when I came back I became beelady . It's been a long time I've had hives on my property at least 50 boxes and in the summer they took over my yard and I became interested in them.🐝
    205 days ago
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