Legendary Native American Figures: Unetlanvhi (Ouga)
Name: Unetlanvhi Tribal affiliation:Cherokee Alternate spellings: Unelanvhi, Unetlvnvhi, Unelanahi Pronunciation: oo-nay-hla-nuh-hee or oo-net-la-nuh-hee Also known as: Ouga, Ugv, Ugu, Galvladi'ehi Type:High god,
Creator Related figures in other tribes:Maheu (Cheyenne),
Gitchie Manitou (Ojibway),
Unetlanvhi, which literally means "Creator," is the Cherokee name for God. Sometimes Cherokee people today
also refer to the Creator as the "Great Spirit,"
a phrase which was borrowed from other tribes of Oklahoma. Unetlanvhi is considered to be a divine spirit with no
human form or attributes and is not normally personified in Cherokee myths.
Sometimes another name such as Galvladi'ehi ("Heavenly One") or Ouga ("Ruler") is used instead.