Winter log house of the Cherokee
Winter log house of the Cherokee
 
 
Seven-sided Councilhouse and the seven clans of the Cherokee
Seven-sided Councilhouse and the seven clans of the Cherokee
 
 
Sequoya invented the Cherokee alphabet
Sequoya invented the Cherokee alphabet
 
 
Cunne Shote, Standing Turkey, Cherokee chief in 1762
Cunne Shote, Standing Turkey, Cherokee chief in 1762
 
 
Nancy Ward, Nanyehi, Cherokee peacemaker, council member, and ambassador
Nancy Ward, Nanyehi, Cherokee peacemaker, council member, and ambassador
 
 
The Cherokee Nation flag
The Cherokee Nation flag
 
 
The Cherokee loved to play stickball
The Cherokee loved to play stickball
 
Cherokee Tribe
Topic(s):   Native Americans
Quick Facts
Location Southeastern United States; moved to Oklahoma
Type of home log house
Famous leaders Sequoyah, Cunne Shote, Tsali, Nancy Ward

The history of the Cherokee Tribe dates back over 1,000 years ago. Today, there are still many people in the Cherokee Tribe.

Very early on, the Cherokee people lived in the southeast of the United States. In the 1800ís, settlers wanted the land that belonged to the Cherokee. The Cherokee were forced to walk to Oklahoma. Many of the people died during the harsh march.

Each clan or group lived in a town. Each town had about 50 log houses. The houses were built with wooden frames. Then the houses were covered with woven vines and tree parts. Finally, the outsides of the houses were covered with mud. This made the houses strong and warm.

All the houses were located around a town center. The town center had a building with seven sides. This was called the council house. Ceremonies were held at the council house. Tribal meetings were held there, too.

There were seven clans of Cherokee. The seven clans were Bird, Paint, Deer, Wolf, Blue, Long Hair and Wild Potato. Children took the clan of their mother.

Men wore breechcloths and leggings. Women wore wraparound skirts and poncho blouses. Moccasin shoes were worn on the feet.

Cherokee men hunted animals for food. The men traded the animal skins. They made the laws for the tribe. Cherokee women did the farming. The women took care of the children. They owned the land that their family lived on.

Teacher Resources

Cherokee | History, Culture, Language, & Facts | Britannica.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cherokee-people

Facts for Kids: Cherokee Indians (Cherokees). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bigorrin.org/cherokee_kids.htm

The history of the Cherokee Indians. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://indians.org/articles/cherokee-indians.html

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