ᏘᎪᎵᏯ (Read them)
[a¹ni²ɂạ²hwi] “The deer people.”
[a¹ni²gi²hli] “The dog people.”
[a¹ni²ji²sdu] “The rabbit people.”
[a¹ni²wạ²hạ²ya] “The wolf people.”
[a¹ni²we²³sa] “The cat people.”
Cherokee is a language of relationship. Most words and sentences describe the relationship between things on a continuous basis. For example, to talk about someone being a friend, requires that you indicate with whom they are friends. While Cherokee has a word that can be translated as “friendship”, there is no word that directly translates to “a friend” without indicating with whom the friendship resides. It is always “his friend”, “my friend”, “your friend”, “their friend”. A person who is not in relationship to anyone, has no friends, therefore can not be called “a friend”, no matter how friendly they may be.
[si] “Wait! All the same (still). Even now (or then) as was formerly (still).”
[go²hu⁴sdi, go⁴sdi] “Something. A thing. Things.”
Read the following comic aloud. ☞ If you have partners, have one person read aloud all the ᏕᏫᏗ ᏥᏍᏚ and ᏲᎾ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ parts and another the ᏥᏍᏚ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ and ᏲᎾ ᎠᎨᏯ parts. Each person should read aloud both roles at least once.