The Cherokee Native American Tribe
Sami Brandt & Maddie Anderson
Way of Life
Homes & Villages
The Cherokee lived in villages that inhabited anywhere from 200-500 people & 30-60 homes. There was also a plaza, town square, & council house where the villagers held meetings. For protection of the village the Cherokee men set up tall poles made of wood to barricade any unwanted visitors. Each family had exactly two homes, one for winter & one for summer, each located in separate villages. The winter homes resembled domes made of wood for the structure, mud for extra insulation, & bark on the outer layer. These cozy bungalow had very unique & colorful interior decor. Several vibrantly colored rugs were draped across the walls along with hand woven baskets. This unique architecture allows the excess smoke from the fire's to escape out the smoke hole (chimney) without letting too much heat out. The summer homes are very different, they have a rectangular form & were usually a great amount bigger. These elongated homes were specifically built to allow cross breezes to be used as conditioners. The roofs were coated with clay & grass for insulation against any harsh storms. All of the homes created by the Cherokee were created by interweaving river cane in circular frame work, & plastering the outside with mud, also known as Wattle & Daub houses.
The Cherokee's winter home were made out of wood & river cane for the structure, mud for insulation, & grass & bark for a protective outer layer.
Comparison Between Winter & Summer Homes
The remains of an old Cherokee bungalow now found in Fort Loudon State Historic Park in Vonore, Tennessee.
This was a very important part of any Cherokee meal, they believe corn to be a spiritual crop that was a necessity to have with every meal.
Pepper Pot Soup
This soup was only made on special occasions back then, but is still very well desired today. the recipe includes..
utensils that were hand crafted for cooking purposed
Pepper Pot Soup
- sweet bell pepper
Used for firing small objects, usually darts,to catch little game by the sheer force of one's breath.
Made from wood (handle) & stone that was carved by hand & hardened in a fire. Usually used to take down bigger game that are closer to them.
Bow & Arrow
Used for big game farther away & made of wood, feathers, & hand carved stones.
Men & Women's Roles
Festivals and Religious Observances