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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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    Good Day Spirit Sister, Just wanted to say Hi and Hope your day is Refreshing and Beautiul! Getting a few jobs done then out to enjoy connect with God in all his Glory! Not as HOT today!
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    Good Saturday to you! It is raining out something we needed for a while! The Deer are loving it and standing out near the Hills in it! I see a Big Buck out there!
    A better day! I got my SUV and it is all put back together! Thank GOD! I will say a prayer for you in Church later when I go! I hope it stops raining later so I can pick Flowers for church!
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    Well I loved your little Diddy Dear and I feel the same about you! I'm so glad we reconnected! I had a Native American friend who called me her spirit Sister so that's what you are ! Have a Great week end! See ya tomorrow Spirit Sister Vicki! {{{{{{{{HUGS AND LOVE}}}}}}}}}}}}BONZ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    I wrote a message for some one on my Page so don't think you are the only one who does that! Going to the Chiro today! I love going there and he helps me so much and I learn from him! Hope your day is Great! When I get home I'm going to stay in the A/C I have several Pounds of Brats to cook up for emoticon the pantry friends! Etc to go along with them! Bless you,BONZ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Hope you are Feeling better! if I had to be outdoors today! I would be-e Sick! its like a Oven here UGH!!!! Hate it! emoticon some Ice Cream for you ! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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