Most likely from the Cherokee autonym ᏣᎳᎩ (tsalagi). Derivation from a Choctaw exonym meaning "those who live in caves" (compare chiluk (“cave”)) has also been suggested — the Iroquois term for the Cherokee was Oyata'ge'ronon (“inhabitants of the cave country”) — as has derivation from a Creek term for "person(s) who speak(s) a non-Creek language" (see celokketv (“to speak a non-creek language”)).
- An indigenous North American people.
- Their Iroquoian language, still spoken in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
- A syllabary for the Cherokee language invented by Sequoyah.
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Cherokee (plural Cherokees)
- A member of this people.
- ^ Cherokee Indian Tribe, Access Genealogy (September 21, 2009)
- ^ Milton E. Campbell, The State of North Carolina with Native American Ancestry (ISBN 1426957475), page 39: "The Iroquois called the Cherokee Oyata'ge'ronon[,] which means inhabitants of the cave country."
- ^ “Cherokee” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ Charles A. Hanna, The Wilderness Trail (New York, 1911)
- the Cherokee people
- their language
- a member of this people