The Cherokee are an indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands. Prior to the 18th century, they were concentrated in southwestern North Carolina, southeastern Tennessee, and the tips of western South Carolina and northeastern Georgia.
The Cherokee language is a Southern Iroquoian language and part of the Iroquoian language family. Today there are three federally recognized Cherokee tribes: the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation, also in Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation has more than 300,000 tribal members, making it the largest of the federally recognized tribes in the United States. A total of 819,000-plus people claim having Cherokee ancestry on the US census, which includes persons who are not enrolled members of any tribe, making the Cherokee the largest native American population.
These pages include an extensive collection of Cherokee legends and articles dealing with the Cherokee people and their history. Orly