(The Cherokees have 7 clans - the women have
the clans - men do not.)
When children were born, they took their mother's
clan and you were forbidden to marry within your clan. The members
of the same clan were considered brothers and sisters.
The seven clans are:
Wolf - (a-ni-wa-ya), Deer - (a-ni-a-ha-wi), Bird - (a-ni-tsi-s-qua),
Longhair - (a-ni-gi-lo-hi),
Wild Potato - (a-ni-go-da-ge-wi), Blue - (a-ni-sa-ho-ni),
One of the reasons the women were given the clans
was that they were the givers of life. Other tribes have clans.
Some names of the clans are different and some are similar to
The women were free to choose the men they wished
to marry, as long as they were from different clans. When a
woman divorced her husband, she would pack all his clothes and
set them outside the door --- it was that easy.
Complete History Resource Here:
Other Web Links Referencing the
Seven Clans of the Cherokee Nation:
7 Sacred Familial Clans
Seven Clans of the Cherokee