Cherokee Indians in Olden Times for Kids and Teachers - Cherokee Religion Illustration

Daily Life in Olden Times
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Southeast Cherokee Indians


The 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.

Animal 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.

Medicine 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.

Festivals: 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.

Cherokee Myths

Cherokee Origin Story - Ye ho waah

Why the possum has a naked tail

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