It is useful to see the names of the Cherokee men who signed the various treaties made specifically with the Cherokee by the United States, beginning in 1785. The names of some of the signers have become place names in the southeastern United States.
So that we can look at the signers’ names, I have arranged the treaties chronologically, and I have listed the signers for each treaty alphabetically by the first word of each name. For perhaps obvious reasons, I have chosen to omit the Treaty of New Echota , because this false treaty was signed by a group of Cherokee who were not authorized representatives of the tribe, and which formed the spurious legal basis for the Removal [“Trail of Tears”]. See this page for details of the Removal.
Because this list is long, please note the page numbers at the bottom of each page. Click on the next page number to continue.
The majority of the Cherokee signers were not literate in English and the Cherokee had no written language until the early 1820s. Signing was usually done by “his mark,” normally an “X.” Because the name of the signer had to be written down beside his mark, it was mostly white people who had the task of creating some reasonable spelling of the Cherokee names. The results were often quite strange, variable, and difficult to decipher even by one who knows a great deal about the Cherokee language. Different transcribers often had quite different spellings and some of the transcribers—in my opinion—probably were very poor spellers in English, with distorted notions of how sounds should be written. We all tend to hear sounds of some foreign language differently anyway. Moreover, perhaps some of the transcribers may have been Cherokee or other Indians who also served as witnesses or even as signers and whose command of written English was less than perfect.
A good example of variability comes with the name Wyuka on the Treaty of Hopewell. The same chief appears as Skyuka on the Treaty of Holston  and the Treaty of Philadelphia . His name in Cherokee was probably Kiyuga, which retains its meaning as chipmunk, which we in the mountains call “ground squirrel” in English.
In a future post, I will provide more information about the meanings of some of the names of the signers, but, for now I will avoid making any notes directly in this list.
Treaty of Hopewell, 1785
Akonoluchta, the Cabin
Cheanoka, of Kawetakac
Chescoonwho, Bird in Close of Tomotlug
Chesecotetona, or Yellow Bird of the Pine Log
Chesetoa, or the Rabbit of Tlacoa
Chokasatahe, Chickasaw Killer Tasonta
Chonosta, of Cowe
John, of Little Tallico
Kolakusta, or Prince of Noth
Konatota, or the Rising Fawn of Highwassay
Kostayeak, or Sharp Fellow Wataga
Kowetatahee, in Frog Town
Lach’n McIntosh Koatohee, or Corn Tassel of Toquo
Necatee, of Sawta
Newota, or the Gritzs of Chicamaga
Onanoota, of Koosoate
Ookoseta, or Sower Mush of Kooloque
Ooskwha, or Abraham of Chilkowa
Scholauetta, or Hanging Man of Chota
Sketaloska, Second Man of Tillico
Tatliusta, or Porpoise of Tilassi
Toostaka, or the Waker of Oostanawa
Tuckasee, or Terrapin of Hightowa
Tuckasee, or Young Terrapin of Allajoy
Tulatiska, of Chaway
Tulco, or Tom of Chatuga
Tuskegatahu, or Long Fellow of Chistohoe
Umatooetha, the Water Hunter Choikamawga
Unsuokanail, Buffalo White Calf New Cussee
Untoola, or Gun Rod of Seteco
Will, of Akoha
Wooaluka, the Waylayer, Chota
Wyuka, of Lookout Mountain
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The purpose of this blog is to provide authentic information about the origins and meanings of Cherokee-derived place names in the Southeastern United States. It is intended to be a reference source, not a typical blog. New information is posted when developed by research, and all sections may be updated at any time. Please give credit to this copyrighted site if you use quotations from it on other sites.
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Some of the place names are merely Cherokee attempts at the names given by earlier Indians. Those names rarely had any meaning in Cherokee; some can be traced to Muskogean speakers. Many others may have come from now forgotten and extinct or absorbed tribes never known to white people.
Thank you for your interest in place names.
I encourage those of you who may be interested in the Cherokee language and Cherokee ideals of behavior to view the video at this link. It is in spoken Cherokee with English subtitles.
Here is a link to Amazing Grace, sung in Cherokee. The song has a special meaning for Cherokee people; it was sung on the Trail of Tears, among other reasons. The Cherokee words are not merely a translation of the English words. The pronunciation is slightly off, but the rendition is a good one. A more authentic Cherokee pronunciation, sung without music, in a pleasing voice can be found here. Another version of Amazing Grace in Cherokee, also without music, can be found at this link. Yet another version here shows the Cherokee words and the pronunciation is good. You can find a fairly good translation of the Cherokee lyrics of the song at this place. Go to this site for an excellent interlinear translation and a spoken Cherokee version of The Lord’s Prayer in several file formats.
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If you go to YouTube and search for work by Tsasuyeda, you will find nearly 50 excellent videos from which you may learn a great deal of the Eastern Cherokee [Giduwa] dialect. Her URL is http://tsasuyed.blogspot.com/.
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