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The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.


"A gracious, warm, and loving celebration of community and gratitude" - Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"This informative and authentic introduction to a thriving ancestral and ceremonial way of life is perfect for holiday and family sharing" - School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW



About the Author

Traci Sorell

Traci Sorell writes poems as well as fiction and nonfiction works for children and teens featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies - the type of books she sought out in her school and public libraries as a child. Traci's debut picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, features a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences, presented through the four seasons. Illustrated by Frané Lessac and published by Charlesbridge Publishing, it conveys a universal spirit of gratitude common in many cultures. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She grew up in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located and her relatives still live. Find out more about Traci at



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