The sounds of crickets, a crackling campfire, and music greet listeners as five narrators share the meaning of the term "otsaliheliga," a Cherokee word meaning "We are grateful." This and other Cherokee words … Raised in the Cherokee Nation, Sorell intentionally crafts a narrative that simultaneously embraces modernity and a traditional presentation of Cherokee community and way of life. Cherokee people are citizens of our tribal nation and of the United States. I love to see Indigenous languages on book covers! This important book gives readers a peek at the lives of modern-day citizens of Cherokee Nation. Cherokee people believe that recognizing and honoring the ways that the sacred and the duties of daily life are interwoven requires effort, ritual, and awareness, but above all, gratitude. There are many distinct laws and responsibilities applied to us because of that dual status. Follow celebrations and experiences through the seasons of a year, underscoring the traditions and ways of Cherokee life. The scenes are contemporary; one shows a father taking care of his children, engaging in a positive parenting role, while another depicts a family seeing off a relative who is leaving for deployment in the military, underscoring that Cherokee people serve their country. Younger Readers (Awards)), Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. About We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. "Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. FREE Shipping on orders over $25.00. Add to Cart Add to Wish List. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. An excellent story based on Cherokee views of gratitude spun by a Cherokee author with input from the Cherokee Nation. Free US Shipping on orders over $75. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. The variety of skin tones represented in the illustrations likewise depicts a present-day reflection of the diversity that exists within the Cherokee people. SEE DETAILS . Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (Hardcover) By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator) $17.99 . Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Lots of people think of Native Americans as being savages, as they were portrayed in films and lots of people think they are of the past, not modern day people. One way is by embracing Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac’s wonderful picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. Description. After reading We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, head outside with students to choose and identify a deciduous tree in your community as your gratitude tree. All rights reserved. Throughout, the measured text reminds readers that in all things "we say otsaliheliga." Sold by Learning with Books and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. An elegant representation of this concept, We Are Grateful has the ability to resonate with any reader: Otsaliheliga for all who came before us, those here now, and those yet to come. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. A great book for children and people of all ages. —Shelf Awareness STARRED REVIEW Add to Cart Add to Wish List. Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021. In the fall, Cherokee New Year, they gather for the Great Moon Ceremony, dance with shell shakers, remember "our ancestors who suffered hardship and loss on the Trail of Tears," and collect brush for weaving baskets. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! Create an Epic account to start reading! 2019 Sibert Honor Book 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads 2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI) Please try again. Review Source: American Indians in Children’s Literature Book Author: Traci Sorell.