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1. plural -kees or -kee a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in and around the Appalachian Mountains, now chiefly in Oklahoma; one of the Iroquois peoples.
2. the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family.
Summary Article: CHEROKEE from Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
A Native North American Nation whose lands once stretched from Alabama to West Virginia. They called themselves Ani‘-Yun’wiya, meaning ‘the real people’. Sedentary farmers, hunters, gatherers and fishers, they spoke an Iroquoian language. The largest of the so-called FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES, the Cherokee became heavily involved in the fur trade in the 18th century. They also undertook a remarkable transformation from the 1790s, adopting white culture wholesale in their religion, agriculture and education. They developed their own written language and had their own press. Their relative prosperity, however, highlighted the value of their lands to settlers, who called for them to be dispossessed. In 1830 President Andrew Jackson approved the Indian Removal Act, which he administered by military force, despite the Cherokees’ successful challenge to its legality in the US Supreme Court. Some mana...    Continue Reading
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