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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, ...
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).

talenaeh,

Vicki
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I'm going to find myself again by:
1. Listening to my heart and my body
2. Sleeping more
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4. Letting go of the past
5. Remembering there's a future

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2. Go to bed earlier and try to actually go to sleep.
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5. Say NO more often to chips and Mother!!

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Originally from Kentucky, I miss the mountains and the good, down-to-earth people.
Also miss my UK Basketball!
I miss my children!!

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I love to sing. Had a musical family and have sung all my life. Favs are Gospel, country, oldies, Adele.... geeze, I love it all!! Learning the Cherokee language is a dream coming true. My family is the most important thing to me on earth after Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

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AWAHILI
3/8/2014 12:10:06 AM

Thinking of You My Dear and hope that life is treating You good.. things here are great as can be..w e had a nice day with weather in the 40s.. wow! after windchills of - for so long it was so nice..

I miss You!! hugs tight.. be well and smile!

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HAPPY-DESTINY
3/6/2014 11:07:55 PM

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MISSM66
2/15/2014 6:07:58 AM

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As the evening beckons with the promise of tomorrow...
may your gratitude rise up and with strength answer, "yes."

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Today is your day to paint life in bold colors;
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum;
walk today's march with courage;
create today as your celebration of life.
Thanks for stopping by my page,have a wonderful day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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WARRIORGIRL121
2/15/2014 12:46:26 AM

Hi LL! Sorry to respond late! thank you for stopping by my page! I appreciate it! Hope you had a great Valentine's Day! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Karen



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WARRIORGIRL121
2/6/2014 7:15:14 PM

Osiyo, LL! emoticon Sounds like you had a busy day! I've been house-bound in ice and snow for a few days... today had to go with a friend to make a drive to find more rock salt for my driveway! Wishing you a blessed and peaceful evening! emoticon emoticon Karen



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