Eliwohi-ama - An Amayinehi, (Cherokee fey,) specifically a Nvnehi, or Wild Cousin associated with water, Eliwohi-ama is powerful and wise.  She is the sister of Tal, and the daughter of Tsasi.  Her uncle is the chief of the local Wild Cousins, known only as Nvna-Adado, or the Stone Spirit.  Like that of her Uncle, Ama's "name" is not actually a name at all, but a descriptive epithet used as a Speaking Name.

Eliwohi-ama - An Amayinehi, (Cherokee fey,) specifically a Nvnehi, or Wild Cousin associated with water, Eliwohi-ama is powerful and wise. She is the sister of Tal, and the daughter of Tsasi. Her uncle is the chief of the local Wild Cousins, known only as Nvna-Adado, or the Stone Spirit. Like that of her Uncle, Ama's "name" is not actually a name at all, but a descriptive epithet used as a Speaking Name.

Mrs. June Welch, a Cherokee Woman, in traditional regalia. Photo taken at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, 29th May, 1939.

Mrs. June Welch, a Cherokee Woman, in traditional regalia. Photo taken at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, 29th May, 1939.

Trail of Tears was the Cherokee name for what the Americans called Indian Removal. During the 1800's, the US government created an "Indian Territory" in Oklahoma and sent all the eastern Native American tribes to live there. Some tribes willingly agreed to this plan. Other tribes didn't want to go, and the American army forced them. The Cherokee tribe was one of the largest eastern tribes, and they didn't want to leave their homeland.

Trail of Tears was the Cherokee name for what the Americans called Indian Removal. During the 1800's, the US government created an "Indian Territory" in Oklahoma and sent all the eastern Native American tribes to live there. Some tribes willingly agreed to this plan. Other tribes didn't want to go, and the American army forced them. The Cherokee tribe was one of the largest eastern tribes, and they didn't want to leave their homeland.

Support traditional knowledge. Among other projects, your gift allows us to continue to learn more about the lives of Cherokee men and women such as Walini. Photo by James Mooney, 1888.

Support traditional knowledge. Among other projects, your gift allows us to continue to learn more about the lives of Cherokee men and women such as Walini. Photo by James Mooney, 1888.

AM-- despite this articles small focus on the Cherokee tribe, the ideas presented in this article could support learning the topic of cultural and religious traditions as it focuses specifically on customs and ceremonies of the Cherokee tribe. Finding this information about the Illiniwek, Dakota Sioux, Ho-Chunk, Miami, Shawnee, and Chickasaw tribes as well would be even better.

Customs and Ceremonies of the Cherokee Indians

AM-- despite this articles small focus on the Cherokee tribe, the ideas presented in this article could support learning the topic of cultural and religious traditions as it focuses specifically on customs and ceremonies of the Cherokee tribe. Finding this information about the Illiniwek, Dakota Sioux, Ho-Chunk, Miami, Shawnee, and Chickasaw tribes as well would be even better.

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10 Important Facts About the Cherokee Tribe

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