Cherokee love poem
ᏂᎯ ᎾᏍᎩᏯᎢ ᎭᏫᏂᏗᏢ ᏓᏎᏘ
ᎯᎠ ᎠᏆᏥᎵ ᎣᎯᏍᏘ ᎤᏓᏢᎬ
ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎤᎵᏍᏓ ᎯᏯ ᏰᎵᏇ
ᎠᏗᏍᎦᎶᏗ ᎠᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎠᏆᏥᎵ ᎣᏂ "ᎬᎨᏳᎯ"
Which give in latin alphabet:
Nihi nasgiyai hawiniditlv daseti
Hia aquatsili ohisti udatlvgv
Aseno alenidohv ulisda hiya yelique
Adisgalodi alenidohv aquatsili oni "gvgeyuhi"
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Cherokee language & Smoke signals
A lovely Cherokee (Aniyunwiya, Tsalagi, Tslagi, Overhill Cherokee, Overhill-Middle Cherokee, Upper Cherokee, Western Cherokee, Lower Cherokee, Middle Cherokee, Eastern Cherokee, Elati, Kituhwa Otali) love poem, in smoke signals. Really, I like this pretty tsalagi translation of my poetry. This Amerindian sos translated into a Cherokee poem is the reflection of a squaw of the Indian tribes.
This translation is in the beautiful Cherokee sequoyah syllabary, name of an Iroquoian Cherokee who invented it in 1821. The number of speakers of the tsalagi, a Southern Iroquoian language, in the United States, in Oklahoma and North Carolina, is estimated at about forty thousand. Most of them live near the town of Tahlequah in northern Oklahoma, the other in western north Carolina, on a reservation near the town of Cherokee.
The Cherokee language is of the Iroquoian family, most closely related to seneca, mohawk, oneida. In the early 19th century, three dialects were distinguished: Lower (Elati), Middle (Kituhwa) and Western or Overhill (Otali). Today, there are still three main dialects spoken in Oklahoma, North Carolina and Arkansas, but they come from Kituhwa, Otali and a mix of the two! The Elati dialect has disappeared.
Sequoyah (George Guest), who invented the cherokee writing was convinced that the key to the white man's power lay in possession of a written language, he set about bringing this secret to his own people. The 86 characters, represent every sound in the cherokee language, and this system was quickly mastered by thousands of cherokees. Then a newspaper began to be published and a constitution for the cherokee nation was drawn up in their language. Many caracters of the sequoyah script were borrowed from latin, but actually even letters which are the same, don't sound the same in cherokee and english. This sillabary which is now 150 years old, is certainly the most impressive intellectual feats achieved by a single man.
Although they first lived, in the south of the Apalachians, the Cherokees were plains Indians, maize farmers, and mostly hunters. Their organization in clans with a matrilineal dominance, close to the Crow system, did not resist the Yankee acculturation. During the American revolution, they took the English party. Gold was discovered on their territory, and by the end of 1835 a minority of them signed a treaty, transferring all their lands of east Mississippi, to the United States. Today they live mostly in Oklahoma and North Carolina.