Above is a Cherokee basket, typically made out of cane, white oak, hickory bark, honeysuckle, and dyed with black walnut or butternut mixtures. Such baskets were an important part of Cherokee culture, and are still important today. Another part of Cherokee culture that is still important today is their fashion, particularly clothe and hairstyles. Cherokee women often favored tear dresses, whose name is derived from the Trail of Tears. Tear dresses are ragged edge calico print fabric, often embroidered with geometric designs. Cherokee men often wear ribbon shirts, which have a design similar to tear dresses, but are instead decorated by manly ribbons. Men of Cherokee tribes also are known to wear calico turbans as well. Currently Cherokee eat a variety of traditional dishes, along with more modern food. Some of the traditional Cherokee meals include barbecued fish, bean bread, and Kanchui. Currently Cherokee live in modern homes with Cherokee decoration.
Despite popular belief Cherokee actually lived in log cabins instead of teepees. They were forced out mainly because gold was found on their land and President Jackson wanted it. Much of Cherokee culture that we have record of was influenced by the white settlers and may be historically inaccurate. However we do know that they are and were a very spiritual and religious tribe. They developed many legends about nature and their world focusing on the holiness of owls and cougars, often concerning the numbers four or seven. The Cherokee used large marbles to play a game called di ga da yo s di, where opposing teams would throw their marbles in holes to complete a course. Cherokee towns were divided into groups by clan.