Cherokee Proverbs Videos and Sayings

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The Cherokee tribe is rich in culture, sayings, stories and good advice. Collected here are plenty for your enjoyment, please feel free to suggest your own quotes.

"May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there. May your mocassins make happy tracks in many snows, and may the rainbow always touch your shoulder."
— American Indian Cherokee Blessing

 Cherokee Legends - The Raven Mockers

"A significant number of people believe tribal people still live and dress as they did 300 years ago. During my tenure as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, national news agencies requesting interviews sometimes asked if they could film a tribal dance or if I would wear traditional tribal clothing for the interview. I doubt they asked the president of the United States to dress like a pilgrim for an interview."
— Wilma Mankiller

Introduction to Cherokee  Cherokee Dictionary   Cherokee Downloads

"One of the important lessons for me to learn was having the negative energy move around me, instead of internalizing and reacting to criticisms."
— J.T. Garrett

"An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil,he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” –Cherokee Legend

"Given the proper incentive, no mountain, it seems, is too high to climb, no current too swift to swim, if one is a Cherokee."
— Grace Steele Woodward

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Cherokee Proverb

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
Cherokee Proverb

The Soul would have no Rainbow if the eyes had no tears.

Cherokee Proverb


Listen with your heart 

Cherokee Saying

 Davie's Tale Gregg Howard Cherokee Stories

Have a vision not clouded by fear.
Cherokee Proverb

"My mother, Ruth Rogers Garrett, taught me many Cherokee stories. She taught through example to be a helper to everyone you ever meet. She taught me that everyone is special in this life, that love has no boundaries, and that boundaries cannot be set on love."
— J.T. Garrett