Cherokee do not look much like other tribes of Indians, one of the myths of our name is that the word Cherokee means Those who came from far away, as the other Indians thought that we came from the sky.
Cherokee. The Cherokee syllabary was invented by a member of the Cherokee nation named Sequoya around 1821. Sequoyah simply took the shape of some English letters and assigned new syllabic values to them. The other signs do not resemble any English letter, and therefore were likely invented by Sequoya. Location: Americas > North America. Time:1821 CE to Present. Direction: Left to Right.
Willma Mankiller, Cherokee---Notice the content of the quotation. We would rather be called by the name of our ancestors...Cherokee, Navajo, Lokota, Apache, Arapaho...Native American and Indian are what others conjured up for us. But if you must, call us Indians.