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Osiyo nigada! (Hello, Everyone)

I'm part Tsalagi (Cherokee) and like to use the language every chance I get. I am taking tsalagi classes and have finally made it to tsalagi tali (Cherokee II). It's a very hard language to speak and remember because each word can mean so many different things, depending on the situation, surroundings, etc. It's a picture language and it isn't a lost language because we have hundreds sign up to take it each semester!! Contrary to common belief, there are no Cherokee names for our English ones. You have a Cherokee name and an English name. As of yet, I only have an English name. :(

My regalia outfit (they're not called costumes since a costume is not sacred and can be worn by anyone) is handmade, and once someone invites me to participate in a powwow, etc., I can make the shawl. All regalia is made by the owner. It is also an insult to touch the person's regalia unless you are given permission since regalia is an expression of spirit and is prayed over and blessed. It also is expensive to make and takes so long to make it. ( I, personally, have never seen anyone denied if asked to touch. I have never told anyone no.)

I am a kindred spirit with the waya (wolf). I have "adopted" two, one , "Raven", was killed by a man who said he thought she was a coyote, the other one, "Lakota", is a white Gray Wolf. She is in the forest near the Nez Perce area. One day I hope to own one of my own.

There is no tsalagi word for welcome (everyone should always be welcome in your presence)--we say gvdanilvgi (I am accepting you). The same for goodbye (we will all be together at some point in the future)--we say donadagohvi (till we meet again) or talenaeh (until next time). For me, the most special part of the language is that NO curse words exist and never did.

Enough--I could go on forever. :) I leave you with
dohiyi ale alihelitsedasdi (Peace and happiness).



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    Yes, Go if they say too! The storm is getting serious! I'm praying on and off today for you all! BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    21 days ago
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    He will be in My Prayers daily Dear for him and you also! it is Good he is Home with you! He will do Well, I can feel it! Bless you ,BONNIE
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    Wonderful! enjoy the visit with your Boy! I wished I had as much cleaned out as you do-o but will resume when it gets Bad out like when I'm snowed in......Hee hee Big Bear Hugs,BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    29 days ago

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    Hope you have a Great day! I'm going to work at the Blood drive and give hopefully! I hope we have a great turn out! Bless u,BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon
    30 days ago
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    Osiyo, OOH! I love your Little Wolf Puppy on the top of your Page! The other day I seen a Baby Coyote dead in the road ! sad his life was so short!
    Going to The Chiropractor this morning then go and touch up the little cottage before the man gets here!
    Ya it was an amazing night at the Garden! Lot of Work but we are getting it done!
    When I go for tests and cant eat I feel So-oo Hungry and usually stop in town at my Favorite Breakfast place and Eat every thing Eggs, Bacon and Toast even Hash Browns! Yikes Im so-o Bad I should not do that but I don't do it often! She makes Home made Bread! Out of this world!! emoticon
    Til later my Friend! love ya a bunch You are so Wonderful and my Spirit Sister! Telenaeh,BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Now I'm Hungry for Breakfast but I will just have Toast and apple Butter!
    50 days ago
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