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What does Cherokee mean?

Q: Can you tell me what the English translation for the word Cherokee is? What does it actually mean? Thank you so much.

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A: It's pronounced "CHAIR-uh-kee," and it comes from a Muskogee word meaning 'speakers of another language.' The Cherokee originally called themselves Aniyunwiya, "the principal people," but they have generally accepted the name Cherokee, which is spelled and pronounced Tsalagi in their own language.

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Native Languages of the Americas

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