What Is The Cherokee Indian Symbol For 'Family'?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
There is no symbol for the word 'family' as far as Cherokee language is concerned.

The Cherokee Indians would have used a syllable-based language to communicate, and the word for family in that language would be: ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎯ.

How do you say 'family' in Cherokee?

The word 'family' is written as ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎯ in Cherokee, and is pronounced she-dah-nay-luh'-he. The actual symbols are called Si-da-ne-lv-hi individually.

The Cherokee language is a fascinating and mysterious combination of syllables and symbols that didn't come into use until the 1800s.
What is the Cherokee language?
Cherokee Indians and their language are descended from a separate tribe known as Muscogee.
In fact the word 'Cherokee' is a Muscogee word (although it is pronounced Tsalagi).

As far as how the Cherokees communicated, they didn't use picture-symbols like some other Native American people did - instead, their language and alphabet was created by a silversmith called Sequoyah (also known as Geogre Gist).

He was responsible for creating the Cherokee concept of 'syllabary'- where syllables are represented by individual symbols.

To learn more about Cherokee language, I'd suggest paying a visit to the official site of the Cherokee nation, which also has a useful translation dictionary.
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Anonymous answered
Unfortunately, you can't really tell because the Indians had their own alphabet.

Family is: Si-da-ne-lv-hi (she-dah-nay-luh-he)
Sana Rashid Profile
Sana Rashid answered
It was very common to use animal symbols for many central ideas.
Some native Indian tribes used the beaver as the symbol for family unity.
I believe it must be the same for the Cherokee Indians.

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