May 3rd, 2011

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Cherokee terms

Setting is basically present day. The Cherokee-speaking character (female) is in the Eastern Band, if it makes any difference.

I've searched various combinations of Cherokee, language, words, dictionary, names, religion, beliefs, and insults. I have also tried posting to multilingual, with no bites.

I may have more questions in the future, but for now, here's what I've got trouble with finding:

1) I'm looking for a term like 'demon-spawn' or something else insulting that likewise implies an evil or soulless person.

2) The character is known as Cloud Eagle, and I'm trying to figure out how to translate that from English to Cherokee. I see that 'cloud' is u-lo-gi-dv or u-lo-gi-lv, and 'eagle' is wo-ha-li or a-wa-hi-li. What I don't know is how to properly make those words into someone's name.

3) 'Beloved Woman.' Is it ghigua or ghigau? I've seen it both ways online and I can't tell if it's really that either one is correct or if dyslexic misspellings happen a lot with this word. I'd feel super dumb if it was the latter and I chose the wrong spelling.

Thanks in advance, you guys rock :}.