ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏓᏆᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎩᎵᏏ Cherokee Clay and the English

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Josiah Wedgwood created some of the most beautiful, distinctive dinnerware in the world, desired and admired by royalty and the everyday collector . Even today the name Wedgwood conjures images of elegance and perfection. What most people don’t know is that he used Cherokee clay to achieve it. Early European … Read More

ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏆᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ Peaches and Cherokees

Peaches originated in China. The Spanish introduced them to the New World and by 1571 peaches were introduced by Franciscan monks to St. Simons and Cumberland islands along Georgia’s coast. How they got to Cherokee country is anybody’s guess, but by the time the Cherokees had regular interaction with Europeans, … Read More

ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᏧᏂᏴᏫ: ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅᎲ Seven Clans: Story of Origins

The story I heard as child, about the migration of the Cherokees from the south and up the Mississippi River, explained that the clans were derived from the seven groups of people who survived the migration. Originally there were 12 groups that left the “old place” but 5 groups did … Read More

Strawberries (ᎠᏂ), Shortcrust and Love

May is strawberry season. Below is my mother’s simple but delicious recipe for wild strawberries and shortcrust. It is only strawberries and crust, but oh so good. Most people have never tasted the intense, sweet flavor of wild strawberries, called a-ni (ᎠᏂ), in Cherokee. The common hybridized ping-pong ball sized … Read More