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Ethnobiology

Plants and animals have always held places of importance to the Cherokee people. Below are a few plants and animals that have significant meaning to Cherokees.

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  • Snowy Egret
    Snowy egrets, though much smaller than the great blue heron and great egret, are large wading birds with white feathers.
  • Watercress
    Watercress has been used by Cherokees for generations as both food and medicine. Watercress is nutritious, high in vitamins (esp. vitamin C) and minerals.
  • White-tailed Deer
    The Deer Clan is one of the 7 Cherokee Clans making the White-tailed Deer a sacred animal.