ISO 639-3: chr
||16,400 (2000 census). 130 monolinguals. 14,000 on Oklahoma rolls (1986 D. Feeling), 1,000 in North Carolina (1997 R. Sabino). Ethnic population: 308,132 (1990 census) including 70,000 on Oklahoma rolls (1986 D. Feeling), 9,800 in Eastern Band (1997 R. Sabino).
||East and northeast Oklahoma and Cherokee Reservation, Great Smokey Mountains, western North Carolina.
Southeastern United States of America
||Elati (Lower Cherokee, Eastern Cherokee), Kituhwa (Middle Cherokee), Otali (Upper Cherokee, Western Cherokee, Overhill Cherokee), Overhill-Middle Cherokee.
||Iroquoian, Southern Iroquoian
||Vigorous in some Oklahoma communities. Elsewhere most young people prefer English. Elati dialect extinct.
||Literacy rate in L1: 15%–20% can read, 5% can write (1986 Cherokee Heritage Center). Now taught in schools, churches, and other classes (1986 Cherokee Advocate). Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1850–1951.
||Cherokee script. Latin script.
||Christian, traditional religion.