WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA is a picture book that gives children a look at modern Native American life. Additionally, this own voices book is told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-le-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. The books follows the seasons; beginning in the fall with the new year, and ending in summer. It is a lovely journey through a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Also included in the book is a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.
Learn how to pronounce the Cherokee words that appear in the book as well as an interview with the author on Charlesbridge UnPlugged.