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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

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From Charlesbridge Publishing:

A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-le-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.

Here is how to pronounce the Cherokee words that appear in the book. Click on each to hear the official pronunciation from Emilee Chavez, a Cherokee Nation citizen and language speaker:

    • otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) "we are grateful"
    • uligohvsdi (oo-lee-GO-huhs-dee) "fall/autumn"
    • elisi (eh-LEE-see) "grandma"
    • gola (GO-lah) "winter"
    • tsalagi (JAH-lah-geeh) "Cherokee"
    • gogeyi (go-GEH-yee) "spring"
    • ani (AH-nee) "strawberries"
    • gogi (go-GEEH) "summer"
    • nulistanidolv (new-lees-tah-NEE-doe-luh) "history"
    • unelanvhi (oo-NEH-la-nuh-hee) "the one who provides all"