Cherokee Belief Seven Cherokee clans Seven Cherokee clans Seven sacred directions Seven sacred directions Four cardinal directions Four cardinal directions Prayed to spirits Prayed to spirits Performed ceremonies and rituals Performed ceremonies and rituals
The Wolf Clan is the largest clan and the most prominent clan, providing most of the war chiefs. The wolf clan are keepers of the wolf and the only clan who could kill a wolf. The Clan color of the Ani-Wahya is Red. The Blue or Panther Clan made blue medicine from a special blue plant to keep our children well. The were also known as the Wildcat Clan. The Clan color for the Ani-Sahoni is Blue. The Long Hair Clan are also known as Twister Clan, Hair Hanging Down Clan or Wind Clan. Those belonging to this Clan wore their hair in elaborate hairdos, walked in a proud and vain manner twisting their shoulders. Peace chiefs are usually from this clan and wore a white feather robe. The Clan color for the Ani-Gilohi is Yellow. The Bird Clan are the keepers of the birds and they are our messengers. This clan was skilled in using blowguns and snares for bird hunting. The Clan color for the Ani-Tsisqua is Purple.