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Cherokee (Cherokee: ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ Tsalagi Gawonihisdi) is the Native American Iroquoian leid[10] spoken bi the Cherokee fowk.[5][6][7]

Tsalagi Gawonihisdi
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Tsa-la-gi written in the Cherokee syllabary
Pronunciation [dʒalaˈɡî ɡawónihisˈdî]
(Oklahoma dialect)
Native tae Unitit States
Region east Oklahoma; Great Smokey Moontains[1] an Qualla Boondary in North Carolina[2] Also in Arkansas.[3]
Ethnicity Cherokee
Native speakers
11,000–13,500 (2006–2008)[4]
Cherokee syllabary, Laitin script
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Eastren Baund o Cherokee Indians in North Carolina
Cherokee Naition[5][6][7][8]
o Oklahoma
Regulatit bi Unitit Keetoowah Baund Depairtment o Leid, History, & Cultur[6][7]
Council of the Cherokee Nation
Leid codes
ISO 639-2 chr
ISO 639-3 chr
Glottolog cher1273[9]
Linguasphere 63-AB
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Pre-contact Distribution o the Cherokee Leid
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Current geografic distribution o the Cherokee leid
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  1. Neely, Sharlotte (March 15, 2011). Snowbird Cherokees: People of Persistence. The New World of Harmony: University of Georgia Press. pp. 147–148. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  2. Frey, Ben (2005). "A Look at the Cherokee Language" (PDF). Tar Heel Junior Historian. North Carolina Museum of History. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  3. "Cherokee". Endangered Languages Project. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  4. "Table 1. Detailed Languages Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over for the United States: 2006–2008 : Release Date: April, 2010" (XLS). Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Cherokee Nation & its Language" (PDF). University of Minnesota: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Keetoowah Cherokee is the Official Language of the UKB" (PDF). Keetoowah Cherokee News: Official Publication of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. April 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Language & Culture". United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  8. "UKB Constitution and By-Laws in the Keetoowah Cherokee Language (PDF)" (PDF). United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  9. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Cherokee". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  10. "Cherokee: A Language of the United States". Ethnologue: Languages of the World. SIL International. 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2014.