Cherokee Indians played many games, both when they were children and when they were considered adults. Two of the most popular games played were stick ball and marbles.Continue Reading
The game of stick ball closely resembles that of lacrosse. A ball is tossed into the air by a medicine man and is struck with a pair of sticks if the player was male, or with bare hands if the player was female. Points were scored depending on where a pole was struck, either the pole itself or the top, which was usually a wooden fish or a ball.
The game of marbles is a complex team-based game. Teams could have any number of players, as long as both were even. The object of the game was to get one's marble to land in a specific sequence of five 2-inch holes and return to the starting area. The holes were arranged in an "L" shape on a field about 100 feet long and spaced about 12 yards apart. Players used one marble and were responsible for it. However, they were allowed to knock away opponents' marbles, but only after they reached the second hole in the sequence. The game ends when one team has reached the fifth hole and returned to the starting position.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
The Cherokee Indians consumed meat from hunting, such as wild turkeys and deer, as well as grains like corn. Cherokee women did the majority of the farming while the Cherokee men did the majority of the hunting. Together, they provided enough food to feed their families.Full Answer >
Before Europeans discovered America, the Cherokee Indians migrated from the Great Lakes region to the southeastern portion of the country, settling in Georgia and the Carolinas primarily. They lived in log cabins, and after becoming acquainted with European settlers, eventually adopted some of their customs.Full Answer >
Cherokee Indians, like other Native Americans, have dark hair, brown skin, and a distinct bone structure. AccessGenealogy.com notes a broad and flat face and a narrow nose as prominent characteristics; however, actual physical appearance among Cherokee’s may vary.Full Answer >
The Cherokee Indians of Southeastern North America lived in dwellings that were constructed from a frame of wood, river cane and vines, and that were coated with plaster made from earth and clay. The roof was made from wood or thatched grass. These Native American dwellings were known as wattle and daub houses, and a smaller winter home, which was kept warm more efficiently, was called an asi.Full Answer >