The Cherokee Indians

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The Cherokee Indians

FoodsCherokee people were farmers. They also hunted for wild game and gathered wild plants. They ate corn, squash, beans, pumpkins, melons, sunflowers, plants and roots, turle, fish, deer and buffalo meat.

TradeThe Cherokee people traded with nomadic tribes that didn't grow their own crops. They traded crops for additional buffalo meat.

Beliefs Certain numbers play an important role in their belief system. The number four represents all the familiar forces. directions. The number seven represents the seven clans of the Cherokee, and also represents the height of purity and sacredness. It was believed that only the owl and cougar had attained this level and have always had a special meaning. The pine, cedar, spruce, holly and laurel also attained this level. Cedar is the most sacred. The wood was used to carry the honored dead.

The Cherokee Indians

HousingTraditional Cherokee houses were made of mud and clay with roofs made of brush and river cane.

ClothingWomen wore deerskin tops, skirts, and moccasins. Men wore deerskin leggings in summer, and leggings, shirts, and robes in winter. Men decorated their bodies in tattoos and paint

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Map of the former territorial limits of the Cherokee "Nation of" Indians exhibiting the boundaries of the various cessions of land made by them to the colonies and to the United States

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