November 9, 2002

Cherokee sweat lodge words

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There are a lot of people out there who attend sweat lodges and here are some terms that you would use at sweat lodge if you were speaking in Cherokee.

 

Sweat lodge (good house)

o-si

All my relations (we are all related)

hi-da-da-tse-li

Open the door

Ga-lo-hi-s-di hi-s-du-gi

Close the door

Ga-lo-hi-s-di hi-s-du-hv-ga

rock

nv-ya

Bring me the rocks (di) is the plural form

nv-ya (di)-s-gv-si

East

Di-ka-lv-gv-i

West

Wu-de-li-gv-i

North

Tsu-yv-tsv-i

South

Tsu-ga-na-wv-i

Creator

U-ne-hla-nv-hi

Come in

ki-ya-ha-ga

pipe

ga-nv-na-wa

Hand me the pipe

ga-nv-na-wa s-gi-di-si

Water

a-ma

Give me the water

a-ma s-gi-ne-hv-si

help me

s-gi-s-de-la

Help him

hi-s-de-la

Let us pray

hi-da-do-li-s-da

Thank you

S-gi

Amen (Let it be that way)

Na-s-gi-gwo wi-ni-ga-l-s-da

About the Author:


Bo Taylor serves as Archivist for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. He is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian. Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology with a minor in Cherokee Studies from Western Carolina University. He can read and write in the Cherokee language. Mr. Taylor gives lectures on the history of the Cherokee Indian, performs traditional Cherokee dances, and dances at Native American Pow-wows.

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