"Osiyo Lynn.....First off let me say how beautiful your baskets are. You obviously have Indian blood, even if you can't prove it....your baskets are pure Indian, a good spirit about them. As for the Vulture feather, yes you could use one to smudge with. It is good to see you cleansing things as the Elders taught."
I have learned many new words in the Cherokee language from my friend, KickingBear.
I plan on trying to use as many of them as I can for my Baskets & Wall Art in the future.
Here are the ones I have learned so far:
BASKET - talutsa (ta-lu-a-cha) i.e. ahawi talutsa
BEAR - yonv (yo-na),
BIRD - tsisqua,
THE BIRDS - ditsisqua
BLACKBIRD - tsiqualisda
CROW - koga,
DEER - a-ha-wi,
EAGLE - wohali,
FOX - tsula
HAWK - tawadi,
HUMMING BIRD - walela,
MOURNING DOVE - guledisgoni
OWL - wahu
PORCUPINE - dila tsutsayosdi,
RABBIT - tsisdu,
SNAKE - inadv,
SPIDER - iktomi,
TURKEY VULTURE - suli,
TURTLE - daksi, saligugi
WOLF - wahya (wa-ya),
THESE ARE GREETINGS OR GOOD-BYES:
Nvwadohiyada.... Healing & Peace to you,
Witsatologi nihi.... Many prayers & blessings to you.
Do-na-da'-go-hv..... means goodbye (we'll see each other again)
Do-da-da-go-hv....is said when speaking to several people
OTHER NEW PHRASES:
"uyoi nusdvodanvdv"....bad attitude
Alihelisdi Nvdadequa !!!....Happy November!!!...The month of the Trading Moon
Osiyo vgido ....hello my sister
Wado Nasginai alisdeliha asquanigododi
agayvli wigalohisdi gvnodv....Thanks for helping keep the old ways alive.
Oginaili.... my friend
Dohitsu (doe-he-chew).... How are you?
Osdadv.... Very good
Osda sunalei.... Good morning
Agaliha.... The sun is shining
(pronounced ooo- woe- doe)....beautiful
Skidi.... that's all
ulihelisdi owenvsv oginali....Welcome home my friend
alihelisdi udetiyisgvi....Happy Birthday
Tohidu.... good peace
agayvlige.... means "old woman"(a woman who has
much knowledge and knows how to use it)
equa danvtli (big brother)