The Cherokee (; Cherokee Ani-Yunwiya are a Native American tribe indigenous to the Southeastern United States (principally Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina). They speak Cherokee, an Iroquoian language. In the 19th century, historians and ethnographers recorded their oral tradition that told of the tribe having migrated south in ancient times from the Great Lakes region, where other Iroquoian-speaking peoples were.
Noun 1. the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee people (hypernym) Iroquoian, Iroquois, Iroquoian language 2. a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living in the Appalachian Mountains but now chiefly in Oklahoma (hypernym) Iroquois (hyponym) Sequoya, Sequoyah, George Guess
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