Deer God: The Cherokee worshipped the Deer God.
They told him, "We only kill what is needed to feed our families,
and we are sorry." This was important to do. They did not want
the Deer God to be angry with them, or the Deer God might make all the
deer disappear. Just as the buffalo was important to the Plains
Indians, the deer was important to the Cherokee.
Spirits: The Cherokee believed in many animal
spirits. They wore animal skins as clothing so the skills of those animals
would be shared with them. They believed everything in nature had a
spirit. They prayed to the spirits for good health.
Men: The Cherokee medicine men were very
skilled. They knew how to use bark to cure many diseases that the
white man's doctors could not cure. They knew how to use roots to make
medicine. Some actually studied with white doctors. The more they
knew, the better they could cure their own people.
They held many festivals. Some, like the Green
Corn Festival, was held annually. The Cherokee thanked their gods for their
good fortune, and prayed to their gods for continued good luck.
Origin Story - Ye ho waah
Ballgame between the animals and the birds
with the Horned Snakes
(how the Cherokee learned to make baskets)
the possum has a naked tail
Return to the Southeast