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Custom a practice that has been around a long time and is common to a group or a place. protect (pruh-TEHKT) to guard against harm or danger. sacred (SAY-kruhd) connected with worship of a god. smallpox a sickness that causes fever, skin marks, and often death. tradition (truh-DIH-shuhn) a belief, a custom, or a story handed down from older people to younger people. com. These links are routinely monitored and updated to provide the most current information available.

A Strong Nation The Cherokee people have a long, rich history. They are remembered for their powerful women and strong government. They are also known for their beautiful baskets and written language. Cherokee roots run deep. Today, the people have kept alive those special things that make them Cherokee. Even though times have changed, many people carry the traditions, stories, and memories of the past into the present. Did You Know? Today, there are about 285,000 Cherokee living in the United States.

Did You Know? Today, there are about 285,000 Cherokee living in the United States. They are one of the country’s largest Native American nations. 28 This dried food helped the buffalo meat to keep for a long time without going bad. It was also portable, so hunters could carry it with them. The Cherokee hold powwows. They dance, sing, and honor traditions at these gatherings. ’” 30 — Wilma Mankiller Glossary ceremony a formal event on a special occasion. constitution (kahnt-stuh-TOO-shuhn) the basic laws that govern a nation or a state.

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