The Seven Clans of the Cherokee

Updated on February 14, 2018
Symbols of the seven clans.
Symbols of the seven clans.

Division of the Clans

There are seven clans of the Cherokee Indian. It is important to know these clans and the differences between them, because the Cherokee people are not allowed to marry inside their clan. Because women are the head of the household in the Cherokee nation, children are placed in the clan of their mother. Members within a clan are considered brothers and sisters.

It is said that there were originally 14 Cherokee clans, but some would not obey the laws and customs of the people and were driven out of the nation. The expelled clans formed the tribes known now as the Erie, Mohawk, Onandaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Oneida.

The seven clans that remained became known as Ugaya, or the Seven Clan Society.

The Seven Clans of the Cherokee Nation

  1. Aniwahya
  2. Ani Tsiskwa
  3. Anikawi
  4. Anigilohi
  5. Anisahoni
  6. Anigatogewi
  7. Aniwodi

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1.) Aniwahya (Wolf Clan or Panther Clan)

The Aniwahya Clan Represents War

The Wolf Clan is the largest and most prominent clan. Most of the war chiefs in Cherokee history have come from this clan. They are the keepers and trackers of the wolf, and only they are the only clan who can kill a wolf through special ceremonies and wolf medicines.

It is their responsibility to develop, maintain and teach the knowledge of loyalty, protection and security. They stay up to date when it comes to intelligence regarding the surrounding environment and function as part of the group while maintaining their own individuality, much like the wolf. The clan color if the Aniwahya is red, their wood is hickory and their flag is red with white stars.

2.) Ani Tsiskwa (Small Bird Clan or Eagle Clan)

The Ani Tsiskwa Clan Represents Spirit

The Small Bird Clan rests in the north, on the Chickamaugan Stomp Ground. Members of this clan are keepers of the birds, sacred feathers and bird medicines. They are very skilled in using blowguns and snares for bird hunting. These clan members are the messengers of the Cherokee nation. They are responsible for teaching the importance of recognizing the whole pattern of life regarding positive and negative events. They teach keen observation, sharing and giving, interpretation of dreams, the birds, interpretation of their messages and their willingness for self-sacrifice for the sake of the two-legged ones. They are also responsible for collecting feathers earned by others, because they were the only ones authorized to collect them. Their color is purple, their wood is maple and their flag is blue with red stars.

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3.) Anikawi (Deer Clan or Bison Clan)

The Anikawi Clan Represents Peace

These clan members are the keepers of the deer, deer hunters and trackers, tanners and seamers and keepers of the deer medicines. They reside in the northwest on the Chickamaugan Stomp Ground. They are known as fast runners and foot messengers, delivering messages from village-to-village or person-to-person. They also maintain all sports and sports equipment. It is their responsibility to teach the knowledge of relaxation and unconditional love. They also teach of the deer and its habitat, including its willingness of self-sacrifice in order to provide the two-legged ones with food and clothing. Their color is brown, their wood is oak and their flag is purple with yellow stars.

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4.) Anigilohi (Twister Clan or "Long Hair" Clan)

The Anigilohi Clan Represents Day and Night

Members of the Twister Clan are also known as Long Hair, Hanging Down Clan or Wind Clan. The word Gilahi is short for an ancient Gitlvgvnahita, meaning "something that grows from the back of the neck". They reside in the south on the Chickamaugan Stomp Ground. Members of this clan wore their hair in elaborate hair styles, walked in a proud and vain manner, twisting their shoulders with each step (hence the name, Twister Clan), and Peace Chiefs wore white feather robes. This clan's responsibility is to teach tradition, spiritual knowledge and intuition. Many old spiritual priests came from this clan. It is sometimes referred to as the Stranger Clan because prisoners of war, orphans from other tribes and others with no Cherokee tribe were often adopted into this clan. Their color is yellow, their wood is beech and their flag is black with white stars.

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5.) Anisahoni (Blue Clan or Blue Holly Clan)

The Anisahoni Clan Represents Sky

Members of the Blue Clan are keepers of all children's medicines and caretakers of medicinal herb gardens. They reside in the southwest on the Chickamaugan Stomp Ground. They became known for a medicine that came from a bluish plant called the Blue Holly, ultimately being named after it. They are also known as the Panther Clan or Wildcat Clan in some regions. Their responsibilities include teaching knowledge of the panther and its habitat, truth, ability to balance power, intention, physical strength, grace, and growing, preparing and using herbs for food and medicinal purposes. Their color is blue, their wood is ash and their flag is blue with white stars.

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6.) Anigatogewi (Wild Potato Clan or Tobacco Clan)

The Anigatogewi Clan Represents Flesh

Members of the Wild Potato Clan are known as farmers and gatherers of wild potato plants in swamps ("gatogewi" meaning swamp) and along streams to make flour or bread. They reside in the south on the Chickamaugan Stomp Ground. Their responsibilities include teaching the knowledge of insight, introspection, gathering, growing and preserving food, and providing shelter. They also teach of the bear and its habitat and the bear's willingness to self-sacrifice in order to provide food and clothing for the two-legged ones. This clan may have also been known as the Bear Clan. They are nurturers by nature, and gatherers. According to the Chronicles of Oklahoma, they were originally known as the Kituwah Clan. Their color is green their wood is birch and their flag is yellow with green stars.

Aniwodi (Red Paint Clan representing death)
Aniwodi (Red Paint Clan representing death)

7.) Aniwodi (Red Paint Clan)

The Aniwodi Clan Represents Death

The people of the Red Paint Clan, or Paint Clan, were also known as the "Corn People." They reside in the southeast on the Chickamaugan Stomp Ground. Members of this clan made red paint. Dida:hnvwi:sgi (healers/ sorcerers and medicine men) and Adawehi (wisemen) traditionally came from this clan at one time in our history. This clan is the smallest and most secretive of the groups. Their responsibilities include teaching the knowledge of life, birth, death and regeneration. They also teach of things kept hidden, second sight and illusion, including the ceremonies, rituals and tools needed for these aspects of Cherokee life. They were the only ones allowed to make a special red paint and dye, used for ceremonial purposes and warfare. This clan is known for their prominent Medicine People and Conjurors. Their color is white, their wood is locust and their flag is black with red stars.

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Clan Control

Each clan is controlled by elected women and by elders of both genders. The women were given this responsibility because they were the ones who stayed home with their babies and assured the continuity of the family and clan. Because of this, all property belonged to the women, and the children belonged to their mother's clan. It was also women who inherited field rights, which were handed down from mother to daughter.

It was the responsibility of each clan to judge and execute any punishment of any social wrong done by a clan member, but the clan did not and could not make the laws or social customs. All laws and customs were made either by the Anidawehi, the people or evolved from of ancient acceptance. All religious laws were handled by the Anidawehi, and Cherokee's believed religion was part of every day life.

The Four Sacred Colors

Each of the four sacred colors represents a direction and is associated with certain meanings.

  • Red: East / Success / Triumph
  • White: South / Peace / Happiness
  • Black: West / Death
  • Blue: North / Defeat / Trouble

A Tribute to the Native American

© 2008 Bonnie Ramsey

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      Victoria Greenroyd 

      12 days ago

      I found this very interesting...my father was Cherokee but his ancestors did not got with the others when removal came and walked these-called ‘Trail of Tears’. His people left the Great Smokeys but they went where they wanted to go to and went to Texas instead. So we aren’t on the original Dawes Roll. My question is this...what about folks who are and their surnames are Redbird or Sixkiller, or even Mankiller? Which of your seven alleged clans would these folks fall into?

      Each of these surnames are very prominent names within the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma,therefore I’m curious.

      Sincerely,

      Victoria Greenroyd

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      Veronica Jones 

      2 weeks ago

      I found this fascinating, it's lovely to learn more about the lives of these people. Thank you

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      Bill 

      2 weeks ago

      Would you know which clan or clans lived in the North Georgia Mountains?

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      cash E for CASh H 

      2 weeks ago

      cash I would like you to read this please help me teach some one a lesson

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      CASH H 

      2 weeks ago

      thanks for helping me with the wild potato

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      cash 

      3 weeks ago

      thank you for helping me find info on the paint clan

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      Emma 

      3 weeks ago

      Alot of history is lost in families of Cherokee hertige. I found some on mine . Hard to find out more on this side. Lyttle family of North Carolina, only word of mouth ii seems. Any ideas? I love that this article was written. Love learning about history of the Cherokee Nation.

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      Jennifer 

      5 weeks ago

      I would also like to ask if there is any connection to the bird clan of the Cherokee and the Thoth keeper of the secret s of magic bird clan in the Egyptian realm of things because you know we are all interlinked in one way or another and would like your opinion on this subject thank you very much love Jen

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      Jennifer 

      5 weeks ago

      I did some research with the help of some documenting of my mom so my grandpa's mother was full Cherokee his father was Irish so rumors has it that type of union was kept secret no numbers I looked at my great grandmothers name it was tiny elizabeth maple now doing the research of which I so love to do I put together the maple and linked it to the bird trib I am hoping I did good and would love some input on my findings thank you so much Jen

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      Trina 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you , Wado for this imformation, it is very interesting and thought profoking!!! Trina with

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      Dan Robinson 

      2 months ago

      My Great Grandmothers name was Betis? possible misspelling. She married into the Woodburn family. She spent many years in the State of Texas. If anyone has any information. please respond.

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      Billy Mozingo 

      2 months ago

      My family paternal grandmother was Cherokee with roots back to her grandmother born in 1813 in Arkansas. The names Violes and Snow have all been connected, but hard to track them. Mostly letters, and etc. frustrating.

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      Linda Deavours 

      3 months ago

      Enjoyed this information .

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      Ginger Foley 

      3 months ago

      I have great interest in my people. My family have been lost. I hope to find them someday.

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      snow 

      4 months ago

      humbling a lot

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      4 months ago

      awesome

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      Julia smith 

      4 months ago

      Great

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      Stephen 

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      Humbling

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      Jackie Briggs 

      5 months ago

      My 3x Grandfather is Obediah Benge I understand he was a Cherokee Lawman at one time. I’d love more information.

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      Ginger Lynn Lambert Remle 

      5 months ago

      Very fascinating and educating. Thank you for sharing

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      Jerre Miller 

      5 months ago

      Thank you for this article. It is very informative and I may have found a family member. My grandmothers mother was a Prescott. Now I am wondering if she was related to the Christopher Prescott written about below. I will have to do some searching. They were from Alabama so there may be a link. Again thank you for your research and article.

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      ConnieKaneen1 

      6 months ago

      My 3xgreat grandma was Cherokee and from the Wolf Clan. She escaped the Trail of Tears by fleeing to the mountains of Virginia. Her father was Robert Running Bear Arms. We found a Robert Arms on a North Carolina Census from 1810 1820 and 1830 however from what i have learned Indians were not part of Federal Census prior to 1860. Do you have knowledge on how to research Native American Wolf Clan history?

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      Gionsigirl 

      6 months ago

      My boyfriend is 1/2 Cherokee.

      I’ve been doing genealogy on him. I’ve found interesting items. The

      Clan designation is highly confidential to their members. Not spoken of except by word of mouth in the clan. Other members of the tribe from other clans can recognize their clan designation from the colors of other items they wore. I had a very difficult time finding his clan in print was nothing was written down of the members names. These would have been in Cherokee. And I have yet to find a cross reference of names Cherokee to English. If anyone here has found that will you let me know thank you

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      Judith Genel 

      6 months ago

      Thank you for the information on the Cherokee clans. I have strong Cherokee ancestors in my family. I'm trying to get information on the clans to let the rest of my family know about our clan, the White Wolf. You have given me more information about the clans than I have found before. Again thank you.

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      cante 

      6 months ago

      this is a good story mam

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      Jeremy wilson 

      6 months ago

      My grandpa Wesley Greenberry english.... his mothers maiden name was Cleo vitoy Ramsey and he said we were members of the long hair clan. How would I go about researching my Cherokee ancestry?

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      James Blagg 

      6 months ago

      Are you related to Daniel or Morning Ramsey?

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      Kathy Cooper 

      7 months ago from FL

      My mom told us she was almost completely Cherokee. She was put into fostercare at a young age due to her parents both died at a young age. Her maiden name is Shields on her dad side. Her mom's maiden name is Theoria.

      Nellie Theoria gave birth to my mom Sylvia May Shields on June 10, 1930. Nellie died about 8 days later. My mom also had a Sister named Dorthy (Dottie) Shields. My mom passed away 2007. I have been trying to find out about my mom's native American Heritage since then.

      My dad's family is of the Blackfoot Natives. I can't find to much about that either. I hope someone out there can help.

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      r.s.long1943@gmail.com 

      7 months ago

      Very interesting article. I would love to learn more.

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      Dale (aka: "Razer") from Central NC region... 

      8 months ago

      Cherokee Blood has continued to flow thru me from four generations of my Mother's family. My Great-Great-Great-Great Grandmother was Eastern Band Cherokee in NC... She married an Irishman. I am very proud of my Native American Heritage... "God Bless the Cherokee Nation!"

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      Sexton 

      8 months ago

      My great grandfather was Attachulla one of the Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation. He also went to England to form alliance to over throw the French and settlers. His daughter was named Cherokee and married my grandfather. What clan did he belong to? Sexton. Thekrogerwineguy@yahoo.com

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      Vicky (married Payne) 

      8 months ago

      My childrens grandfather was 1/2 cherokee, his dad was 1/2 his name was Charles Vernon Payne, I am raising my grand children and one of them has cherokee on both sides her Dad bears his fathers name , who was extremely dark Donald Moore, they were from Arkansa as far as I know.

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      Shirley Hamby 

      8 months ago

      My cherokee families .. Samuel Bigby married the sister of charles R. and William Hicks ..Samuel Bigby son James is my 5 time great Grandfather. James married Catherine :Foreman 1/2 Cherokee. Her mother was full blood daughter of the Bark.. Samuel Bigby wife. Hicks mother was daughter of old chief Broom of Broom Town. ..both my mother and father were on roll eastern Cherokees ..my. Hicks grandmother is who I need info on. I know it's a fact Samuel Bigby Married. The older sister of Charles R . and William Hicks

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      Deadbird 

      8 months ago

      Debbie Two Wolves Lange,

      I too am a descendant of War Chief Tsiyu Gansini (Dragging Canoe) and his father Principal Chief Attakullakulla (Little Carpenter). Little Carpenter was from the Nipissig tribe of the Great Lakes area. His wife was of the Natchez. They were both originally captured slaves, but were adopted by the Cherokee tribe, or as the tribe once called themselves, aniyun-wiya ("the real people"). Little Carpenter was later chosen to lead the Wolf Clan, and became the principal chief of all the Cherokee.

      Dragging Canoe was/would be/is my 4x great grandfather. I also have Cherokee (and other undetermined Native ancestors) on my father's side. To this day, I live only a stones throw away from where he and his young warriors made camp and fought--lived here most of my life.

      I grew up knowing little of my ancestry, other than having Cherokee in the family. However, even as a young kid, somehow I knew I was related to a Chief--don't ask me how I knew, I just "felt it." Years ago, I decided to trace back my roots to see if what I knew in my heart to be true actually was. And Low and behold, I was right. I have a chest in my bedroom that I'm told once belonged to him. It's been passed down through the family for generations.

      I selfishly hold onto it, but feel like I should have it authenticated and take it to the museum where his likeness stands. I've considered seeking official affiliation with the Chickamauga Cherokee (or lower Cherokee), but in Dragging Canoe's spirit, placing my name in a book or in a scroll does not define who I am or who we are. I know who I am. I know where I am from. If ever I need a reminder, all I have to do is look in the mirror--I'm a close match to the several paintings and sketches I've seen of him, minus the smallpox scarring.

      Academically, I've learned a stronger love for history, something I've always had. But having to hunt it all down has been a source of great pleasure for me. I could write for days about what all I've learned, the conflicting stories I've read, and even the not-so-glamorous tales I've stumbled across. What I find so ironic, as though it's some forgotten secret, we walk down the very paths, navigate down the same rivers (though they've been altered by impoundments), and even hunt in the same woods our ancestors once did, yet if it weren't for the record keeping and infatuation white settlers and soldiers held for their feared foe, we'd likely never know about it.

      Now in my thirties (late bloomer), I'm attending law school a short walk from where Dragging Canoe and his compadres raided Fort Nashborough. In my time off, I'm an avid hunter of things living and things that teach us of how our ancestors once lived. Every time I turn over an arrowhead (aka "point"), I stop and think to myself 'this arrowhead could have been made by someone who had the very same blood I have coursing through my veins today.'

      Our history as a people lives on in the world around us, not only in the written word, but also in the very ground we walk on, the trees we climb, the creeks we walk, the rivers we swim and the gravel that sticks between our toes. When I step outside and breath the early morning, Tennessee air, I have no doubt that I am where I belong--this is the land I will forever call home, and I don't need a piece of paper to tell me what I already know deep in my bones.

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      Brandon Pack 

      8 months ago

      My ancestors are the Hicks side of the family as far as "Cherokee "! It does go back 5 great grandfathers! The "Wolf Clan"! My 5th great grandfather was Jr. Chief Charles "Renatus" Hicks! He was 1/2 breed! Half Scotsman and half Cherokee! His mother was FULL blooded Cherokee, father was a Scotsman from Scotland! My great grandmother Molly Handshoe's mother was Nancy Margaret Hicks! Anyhow, kinda interesting!

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      Cheryl Touchette 

      9 months ago

      My great grandmother was a Cherokee...

      I have a photo and the name Lydia Bowen...

      She was my grandfathers mother Clarence Dunster.

      Any information would be great...

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      Mary Norton 

      10 months ago

      Have just learned that the Cherokee Native woman called beloved by her people is married to a Ward that is on my grandmothers (paternal) side. Also Cherokee on my mothers side. Very proud of my Native American ancestors .

      I would love to know which clan I am from.

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      Ferdinand 

      10 months ago

      I noticed that there are no facial hair on

      All the indians.why is that...?

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      Mona 

      10 months ago

      This has been a blessing for me to watch. Thank you

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      Michael Howard 

      11 months ago

      I am Cherokee /Shawnee & Irish I have research my family blood line grand mother 5 generation back was Tamae Doe Five Killer Moytoy how do I go about being recognise by Cherokee Nation I do not want money or any thing like that just be connected to my tribe an clan. Cherokee/ wolf clan

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      Mary Fleming Dutton 

      11 months ago

      I have traced my mother's line to Annie Goff. I would like to know which of the 7 clans my bloodline is. Mother's maiden name Pingley, father, Fleming. Both gone. Thank you

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      Debbie Two Wolves Lange 

      11 months ago

      Dear Tennie Perkins ;

      Osiyo , cousin ; nice to hear from you . your story is not different from hundreds which I've heard in the past. Another thing to realize that I teach folks is that , in order to PROTECT the CHILDREN , the languages / history / prayers / culture / even simple crafts and games as well songs were no longer taught to the children ; simply to protect their very lives.

      The White Government was stripping the Indian Nations of their children in the attempt to erase their pasts by Assimilating their Futures as Whites....which pulled them off to places like Carlisle Indian School , Mission Schools , Etc..

      Taking ALL the children old enough off the breast and walking , up to adulthood . by wagon , then train to the great N.E. , U.S. states and also to Florida . Where now more than 200 years later , Natives as well ALL Americans should KNOW that the soil of Florida state is enriched by the mere bones of hundreds and hundreds of Native Children of all ages , from the youngest to the oldest .......

      and why were they spent ? Simply because a small child may have cried in it's own language for it's mother , or from being tortured or abused at the hands of whites.

      Abusive people ALWAYS find ways to get to their prey .....

      And if the prey comes in packages as small , young children , young girls , young boys ........yes history tells us of the beatings they endured , shaven heads , cold meals or none at all .......but I've also heard from old aged elders pre their deaths , of passed down stories for me not to forget . to teach others so time will not repeat itself , so we will protect the children and old ones , for that time WILL COME AGAIN ....of the rapes , and burnings , of scarrings , and cuttings , of disfigurements done to the flesh to pleasure to the insane mind of man and... woman ...in the name of purifying flesh for God .

      this Great Country of ours is Great indeed !

      And WE HAVE SHED OUR BLOOD FOR HER .........and at the time of our Ancestors we followed their rule , Stay OFF THE ROLLS !! ( the rolls have 2 purposes , yes they enroll a person , but they also list our children ! , our women ! , our Men ! , our Elders !......)

      Those not on the rolls cause insurmountable problems , we're the uncontrollable number of warriors, the CHICKAMAUGAN'S OUR ANCIENT WAR SOCIETY !!!!!

      So IF WE WANT A " ROLL NUMBER " , Then maybe we should ALL TALK ABOUT THIS AMOUNG OURSELVES . We WON'T get money for it , but at least we'll be

      " counted." Then let the KEETOOWAH , hold these roles as record .

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      Debbie Two Wolves Lange 

      11 months ago

      I am truly impressed by what I've read on your site this day. This is a GOOD day , indeed .....I also am very pleased to find so many brothers and sisters searching for their ancestors connections way " back home "......

      we are merely " temporarily disconnected , " but our umbelical cord is STILL connected to our MOTHER , TRIBE , PEOPLE , ANCESTORS , and CREATOR.......this is why we " FEEL SUCH A STRONG CALLING , BACK TO OUR BEGINNING , BACK TO MOTHER ".

      IT'S WHO WE ARE ; YOU CAN'T WATER DOWN OUR CHEROKEE SOUL. just because dna / or other ancestry blood lines of genetic countries get involved , this has NO APPARENT CONTENT to affect to calm or still the CHEROKEE or NATIVE blood in a Human being. as for myself; my mom gave me Cherokee / Shawnee /

      Tuscarora /and Irish . my dad gave me Southern Cheyenne , Chippewa , and a slew of south western and a few of south American tribal blood in my ancestry; now taking that all into thought anyone would think that I'd be dark olive skinned, black haired and dark eyes , right ?

      well ; turns out if you add Irish DNA to an Indian cocktail ; God only knows whats in that good old stuff , lol, but it changes the whole package set up like TNT !!!

      I was born medium olive complected , hazel eyes , brown hair with red highlights , because of my Irish blood .

      then digging even further back in my Cherokee ancestry , I found we had Scottish blood intermarried into us...well that explains even more the few red heads in my family , lol .

      Finding one's clan isn't always the problem , when we search for our family members backgrounds and who they belonged to , we run into situations of " OTHER PEOPLE'S INTERESTS "...Such as " ENROLLMENT MONEY "....this becomes other people's interests because they don't want you to get the money that they find that you deffinetly will get and they want it ...unfortunatly , GREED HAS OVER TAKEN THE IDEA OF TRIBAL UNITY....so like " a REZ Casino " gets annuity's , if you CAN'T get enrolled your enrollment money goes to them , did you know this ?! check out where else monies go if the Government spots funding into the Rez. But FREE CHEROKEES , CHICKAMAUGAN'S...HAVE NO FUNDING as were NON - ENROLLED .... I have ancestry linking me to MoyToy , AttaKullaKulla , Dragging Canoe , Etc..Etc...The OLD CHIEFS , NANCY WARD , THE ROGERS , JOHN JOLLY , TAHLONATESKEE , Pre - TRAIL OF TEARS MOVEMENT OLD SETTLERS in TEXAS AND ARK. / I teach others , I don't charge for what belongs to us all . I am WOLF CLAN , this is what my duty is , on the RED ROAD I walk , I also help people ads best I can to do their own ancestry search , I guide, I assist. but I take no money for this . my elders taught me that you can not charge a person for what already belongs to them !!! You can help them or not , that is your choice , but you may not charge them any fee. when I come across an area where documents must be sent for the person sends for and recieves them , their monies never touch my hands. and I never guarantee that we can find any ancestor , if they want to be found , they will speak to us. the Atlanta Archives has a wonderful Native MicroFish library on us , no could believe. The Mormons thought we were the 13th lost tribe of Israel and recorded EVERYTHING it's simply a true MARVEL TO SEE !!! Some libraries can send for these films for your access to your local libraries use. try this it may help.

      drop me a line at ;

      [ Debbie Two Wolves Lange

      tlange85@yahoo.com ]

      by the way .....ANYONE KNOW OF ANY CHICKAMAUGAN GATHERINGS COMING UP THIS YEAR ???

      LET"S GET A CALANDAR GOING FOR POWWOWS I LOVE TO DANCE AND TRADE AHO !!

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      cherokepride4@aol.com 

      11 months ago

      Add Your Comment..

      .how do you find out which clan your family belong to. I do have a roll number for the eastern band Cherokee.

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      Catherine(Woods)Mayhill 

      11 months ago

      My father's Mother was Cherokee my Father has past his Mother My Grandmother was 32 years old when she past how or who should I talk to about this

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      Mary Costner 

      12 months ago

      I have been told that migrate grandmother was part Cherokee how would I find out I have no way of knowing my mother's side of the family heritage no one has written it down that's all I've been told that she could have lived on the reservation but did not

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      Romaine 

      12 months ago

      I find that the information in my pin is very helpful to understand.I enjoy finding an reading about the Cherokee and others.My husband is part Cherokee.

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      Delilah 

      12 months ago

      What is in the middle

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      Tennie Perkins 

      12 months ago

      Debbie Two Wolves Lange,

      Reading this from you

      "This very comfortable " natural " feeling is because both are two of the natural puzzle pieces ....both are Cherokee ancestored . ( sort of like that six sense feeling when you quickly turn around and feel someone behind you . )"

      It sent chills all over me. The sixth sense. Yes !

      My great great grandmother was full blooded but we have no way of proving it. They called her Black Matt. She married a white man and told her children to never speak of being of mixed blood for fear of what the white man might do to them. Therefore my great grandmother, who was born in 1900, took all of our tribal information with her to the grave. I am Cherokee. Papers of no papers

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      Debbie Barker Davis 

      12 months ago

      My Cherokee Heritage began in N.C.

      Where my Great- Great- Great Grandfather settled after Arriving from England..He settled in with the

      Cherokee and married The Chiefs

      Daughter Who Was A Princess.. I Always heard We we're from the Blood Clan...Our Family has traced Our Ancestors many generations back.. I'm Very Proud of my Cherokee Roots...The Trail of Tears goes through the county in Kentucky where I live... It's close to my house and I can walk it and Feel The Horror... I get physically sick!!

      I have sit on The Turtle Rock many times and for many years..

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      You Sing 

      13 months ago

      I'm Tsaligi!! don't have papers or any of the crap to prove it. Like our people it's all been handed down from the genarations. Our family hid in the hills of Alabama when the white pigs were killing us and stealing our lands!! I'm proud to be Tsaligi!! Red paint clan! Wado!!

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      J. Banks 

      13 months ago

      Grandmother is 100% Cherokee Indian. Her last name is Walker. First names Mary. Married name was Brunson.

      Is there anyone that can help with this. Visited Burgaw, North Carolina, as a child growing up.. & its also called Walkertown.

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      shirley massey 

      13 months ago

      i would like to know type of cherokee group i belong to.my great grandmother was 100% since i am a greatgranddaugther of hers how much am i. and i would like to known more about it.

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      Stevie Jack 

      14 months ago

      My grandmother was full Cherokee. I cannot find any info on her.I have Eagle and all bird closeness. I had an Eagle flight one night while asleep.Such an awesome bright and clear soaring experience. it seemed so real for days. Thank God for the Eagle spirit and the Cherokee people.

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      Donna 

      14 months ago

      Very informative. Thank you for sharing this info.

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      Zelmartap@gmail.com 

      14 months ago

      Both my parents are Cherokee. chetokee Fathers were Cherokee but both their Mothers were non-indian. Do i belong to a clan if so how do I find out.

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      Linn 

      15 months ago

      I have Cherokee on both my mother and father's family and have never heard this information before. If someone could please let me know how to learn more about this and the Cherokee people l would greatly appreciate it.

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      Myra Nickla 

      16 months ago

      Love your page very well done just awesome. Exactly Bonine it explained a few things I wanted to know.

      Thank you

      Myra

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      Cheryl keltner 

      16 months ago

      I am a Cherokee tribe member and in need of education regarding our history and tribal laws and more. Please send information.I am old and want to leave information for my family to pass down! Thank you

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      S u d i Suzy (Adair) Mendoza 

      16 months ago

      My family is the wolf clan.

      My Mom was Cherokee Alpha

      Adair and was born on top of

      the hill behind the canning

      factor in Stillwell, Ok.

      We are direct defendants

      Of MoyToy and Nancy Ward

      Of the Cherokee Tribe.

      My Grandfather was Samuel

      Wilson Adair, great Grandmother

      was a Haris, O..

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      Cherokee Rose 

      16 months ago

      I enjoy reading about the other clans..

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      Debbie Two Wolves Lange 

      18 months ago

      Wado IGIDO ,

      It is good , yes osda ; to see another teacher among the Real People . Are you Tsalagi ? What Clan ? , I am of Wolf , through my mother and hereditary Chickamaugan . Everyone in my ancestry stayed so , we are non enrolled Federally .

      My email is ( tlange85@yahoo.com ) , write back if you can . It is honestly soooo very refreshing to hear the truth come from another of us . .....MUCH.....was lost from the Movement , more than even many Cherokees on the Reservation realizes !!

      It saddens me !! At the point of the Movement all of the Elders , the Great Keetoowah ( our Wisdom , keepers ) , had already warned for each family , each person to be as pieces of a giant puzzle. Each person knowing some of our old language dialect , folklore , histories , knowledges ........all the way back ........

      All adults were to teach the children , and when one family over a century gone by , happens by chance to meet another Cherokee family , two puzzle pieces have come together , they hold such a totally entertaining alliance and unity of a natural Union together in friendship and they learn from each other . This very comfortable " natural " feeling is because both are two of the natural puzzle pieces ....both are Cherokee ancestored . ( sort of like that six sense feeling when you quickly turn around and feel someone behind you . ) hey you have my respect dear . I could go on and on with you

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      Dave 

      19 months ago

      Osio Bonnie!

      Thanks for this. Much Is known to some and now some is known to many.

      Wado

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      School 

      19 months ago

      This was the most helpful website for our class project

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      Elaine Jackson Tharp 

      20 months ago

      Nice web site

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      david l coburn 

      20 months ago

      researching my genealogy and sever-ell of my grandparents were members of the Cherokee clans at 65 years old almost to late but still interested. Knew it in my heart tho

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      Carolyn Martinez 

      22 months ago

      I am 1/4th Cherokee ......my Great Grand parents had a 800 acre

      Farm in Jesup Georgia, my grand farther inherited the farm in

      1912 meet my grand mother that was not Cherokee......so my mother was 1/2 Cherokee and I am 1/4.....the area in Jesup, Georgia is very south eastern in location. Would you know who I would request regarding the very south east area regarding the potatoe clan

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      curious wanderer. 

      2 years ago

      this thread makes me happier than words can convey. my ancestors were apart of the red paint clan; my nanny's great grandmother is annie (fox) cryingbear, whose mother was married to chief and cherokee leader blackfox.

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      Lila Lindberg 

      2 years ago

      Unforunaately , for those who claim to have a Cherokee princess in their family: it is a myth. Maybe it started when Pocohantas went to England or someone used it as a term of endearment.My husband is half Cherokee,his Grandmother a full blood ; he said that people tell him about their Cherokee "princess" in their family line.With your site I hope that you have a chance to dispel that information. I am 6th cousin to Amatoy Moytoy.

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      Brandi7 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I am wondering how to find out which of the 7 clans I am related to?

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      shane rogers 

      2 years ago

      Just wondering if anyone on here is related to any last name Walters from up around Ramona Oklahoma.my real fathers name was JAKE WALTERS.he was married and hooked up with my mother.they are both passed away,but I know he is native and I have around 7 siblings I want to find.my dad's friend new my mom and me and says she's sure he was Cherokee.I just don't know where to begin..no leads on f.b..any suggestions

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      Donna 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I am trying to find my mothers family on her father side . I know that my great grandfather lived in Horse Creek,( Clay county ),Alabama . but not having much luck with my Great Grandmother , she was of the Cherokee People .

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      Cherral Farris 

      2 years ago

      Could you tell me what is the meaning of the name "She who runs with the wind".

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      skidue62@frontier.com 

      2 years ago

      Have recently found paper work to show me I am of Cherokee decent and though up in my years want to find as much as I can about my ancestry.Thank you all for your in depth sties and want you know that I appreciate every point of history that comes across!!

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      ncondrey67@gmail.com 

      3 years ago

      I am a part of the mexican kikapu (kickapoo) tribe...how do i find out about my clan. I am 72 years old and would like to know more about what/where i belong...my children also. My son and one daughter are like me, we have a "yellow" or "gold" tint of skin and tan VERY fast and dark...i read about a clan "twisted clan", a people with yellow skin, of the Cherokee nation....?????

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      Jake Moe 

      3 years ago

      Hi I am from Kodak Tennessee and I now live in Grand Rapids Minnesota. I am taking an ojibwe class that is requiring me to find my clan from the cherokee. Any ideas??? Anything would be helpful.

      Thanks

      -----Jacob Moe

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      Cecilia 

      3 years ago

      Hey my name is Cecilia and I'm doing a project at school on the seven clans and I was wondering why did they have wood and colors to represent themselves? Or why do they have woods and colors? I could use a answer as soon as possible. Thanks!

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      Pam Webb 

      3 years ago

      My maternal grandfather was 1/2 Cherokee. His mother was Latha Lucinda Prescott. Her mother was Jane Jones and father was Christopher Prescott. They were in Al, and Ark. Then Okla and Tx. Hard to trace if not on the rolls. sigh

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      terra 

      4 years ago

      i have ancestor on both sides of my family. my grandfather was a john broom his mother was a purvis and his wife was a wiggings on my mother side. they live and raised their family in corrigan texas, piney woods. on my father side his grandmother was essie chandler and grandfather was blackburn chandler from corrigan texas, piney woods. i have been search and not quit sure if i am going in the write direction. i know the brooom 's came from the state of ga. can some help me go ing the right direction.

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      Daniel 

      4 years ago

      Hello! I Need Fin Out Keep A Track Cherokee Ancestors And Am Traying To Track Down The Connection.And I Have Ancestorts With The Last Name Of Ambrose What My Cherokee Name Is?

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      ben eddy 

      4 years ago

      if anyone has any info on Chief Cornstalk

      I would like to share it with you bluebat1@outlook.com tk

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      Jarah 

      4 years ago

      Hello! I have always heard we have Cherokee ancestors and am trying to track down the connection. I have ancestors with the last name of Ramsey as well. I would love to hear if you have any info? Thank you!

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      Daphne 

      5 years ago

      I keep forgetting how many cool hubpages there are, thank for reminding me.

      Are you Cherokee? This is an amazing hub. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be looking through your other hubs. :D

      I love looking into my nationalities. I'm Cherokee and love learning the myths and beliefs and history.

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      natalie 

      5 years ago

      this helped me so much with my homework......B)

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      grinning bear 

      5 years ago

      i need some information from an elder storyteller if possible. i am born of cherokee mother and I am what i am. i have been visited many times, in my dreams, over the last two years. he has eyes of golden fire and wears a blue sky mantle across his shoulders. are there any tales of such a bear in our folklore? also, i need to know the tale of the three sacred circles and why they were created.

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      charlene 

      5 years ago

      thank you

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      anisa blla 

      5 years ago

      anisa blla

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      Flying squrel 

      6 years ago

      I wood also like to no how to find out what clan I am from can antyone help me?

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      brandan 

      6 years ago

      this was help flu for my project

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      brian jumper 

      6 years ago

      I am an Eastern Band Cherokee your site is very informing. my mother was white and so was my fathers so there isn't an indian mother for two genirations. My grandfathers mother was a full blood but don't know her clan. I would like to find out what clan im in.

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      james shoe 

      6 years ago

      Where can I research for native heritage? My great grandmother was Robinson. I also have Hale and Tulka who know's furether back ...? I married a Patterson witch she say's there cherokee in her as well. I wanted to know about my daughters blood exactally how much is there?

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      Wendywoodmoyer 

      6 years ago

      do you have any recommendations on researching my Cherokee heritage? I have a picture of my great grandma who was half Cherokee with a white wolfskin and an eagles wing and head artifacts. I have been told that her father was a chief but that is all I know. I have names of course but just need help locating them.

      Thank you!

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      Ms. Dre 

      6 years ago

      Im red cherokee indian so i was doing research on my nationality but i haven't found much yet and the project is due 9/20/12 so i better get going it is 9/18/12 today so i only have 2 days left k bye guys!

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      kennedywilson 

      6 years ago

      do you do a hread work i bet you do and you like this a lot if i was you i wloud love it and it was cool

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      calebbuchanan 

      6 years ago

      I like it a lote

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      wyatt 

      6 years ago

      indians are awsome

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      kennedywilson 

      6 years ago

      i love it . it was cool and i learned so much and i like the wolf clame and i wold like to here it agine and we are in 4th grand and my class would like it if you come to are school and teach us about it and we live in noth corlinea pleae.

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      landripeterson 

      6 years ago

      this was alsome for my class and me we really liked this story it was alsom we learned so much from this i would like u to please wright more abought it landri

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      wyatt 

      6 years ago

      I think native amaricans are cool.

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      landri 

      6 years ago

      i learned so much from this

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