2019 was thea href="https://en.iyil2019.org/" target="_blank"span style="color:#0000FF;" International Year of Indigenous Languages/span/a. That didn’t escape us. We work, breathe, and dream language. We have published dual language children’s books in a href="https://usa.mantralingua.com/product-type/Book?combine=" target="_blank"span style="color:#0000FF;"over 65 languages/span/a (it’s getting difficult to keep count now!), and several of them are on the UNESCO list of a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/apr/15/language-extinct-endangered" target="_blank"span style="color:#0000FF;"Endangered Languages/span/a.br /
This week we want to focus on Cherokee. The language, written ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, is spoken by an estimated 1,500-2000 people in the world right now. But in the words spoken, you will find much more than a language - it is a culture, a mythology, a history that lives on through speakers and members of the various Cherokee tribes across the U.S. You can discover a little more about this language and the legends it bears in the book “a href="https://uk.mantralingua.com/products/how-totsuwa-became-cherokee?sku=TOTCHE" target="_blank"span style="color:#0000FF;"How Totsuwa Became Cherokee/span/a”, which we have published in collaboration with a href="https://www.cherokee.org/" target="_blank"span style="color:#0000FF;"Cherokee Nation/span/a in Oklahoma.br /
The book mentions some important locations like a href="https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm" target="_blank"span style="color:#0000FF;"Clingmans Dome./span/a
diva href="https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm" target="_blank"img alt="Image of Clingman's Dome view from https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm" height="366" src="https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/images/Clingmans-3-plaas_1.jpg?maxwidth=1200maxheight=1200autorotate=false" width="688" //a/div
In the book, Totsuwa is the northern cardinal bird going through "the Change", and he has to "go to water" according to custom. On this first spread, he discovers a red spot on his feathers. Water is an important feature of the book, and more is explained on the final page with notes about the locations, the relevance of the number seven, the direction West, and much more.
diva href="https://uk.mantralingua.com/products/how-totsuwa-became-cherokee?sku=TOTFRE" target="_blank"img alt="Spread from the book How Totsuwa Became Cherokee with text by Virgina Hamby and illustrations by Christy Kate Bennett. On this first page, Totsuwa and his Grandfather sit on a fence near a lake, with a tree in the middle." height="400" src="https://uk.mantralingua.com/sites/default/files/TotsuwaCheSpread1.jpg" width="804" //a/div
Do you speak Cherokee, or know someone who does? What is your favourite word from the Cherokee language?br /