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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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  • v DEERLADY45
    HI Vicki, YAY! I'm Glad you are making progress cleaning out stuff! I have a couple of places where I need to do this but waiting til I have to be in due to Heat or later when we get the W---- word after Fall! I'm gona enjoy every minute of this day! it is amazing cool and nice out! I may take a walk later! I will pray for you then when I'm out in Nature, where I love to be and feel so close to GOD there tho I know he is with me always! Bless you friend, BONNIE
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    Its so nice Connecting with you again! You have a Way with Words and i feel them! A lovely Lady.The guitar on the porch would be perfect ! The animals are used to Music so I don't think it would bother them! They are used to me and we live in Harmony here! Lately I have seen a Ma ma Deer and she brings two fawns in the field but makes sure they don,t come in the yard but soon they will and I'm excited! I love to see the Animals and their lives ! I see GOD in all the Creation and I have a Very Happy life here! Bless you Dear Friend, BONNIE
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    Thanks for that Cup of Coffee! I wish we would have some out on the porch in the cooler weather! I have a covered porch so it would be-e Nice! No I don't think I could handle An area that gets that HOT! I love fall my favorite season ! It Beautiful here any time of Year Hilly Forested rivers and Lakes! Bless you and Stay Cool My Dear,BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Heat is coming back next week! emoticon
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    Wow! And I was complaining! It seemed like an oven yesterday! I hope it cools down for you! It another up to 90 day and I have nothing but a chiro apt and I'm home in the cool ! Bless you Dear friend,BONNIE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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