The Cherokees

Tsali is the beloved idol of the Eastern Band of Cherokees , and William Thomas is nearly as popular . For after the execution of Tsali and his companions for a crime which many eastern Cherokees do not believe they committed , William ...

Author: Grace Steele Woodward

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806118154

Category: History

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Of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians the Cherokees were early recognized as the greatest and the most civilized. Indeed, between 1540 and 1906 they reached a higher peak of civilization than any other North American Indian tribe. They invented a syllabary and developed an intricate government, including a system of courts of law. They published their own newspaper in both Cherokee and English and became noted as orators and statesmen. At the beginning the Cherokees’ conquest of civilization was agonizingly slow and uncertain. Warlords of the southern Appalachian Highlands, they were loath to expend their energies elsewhere. In the words of a British officer, "They are like the Devil’s pigg, they will neither lead nor drive." But, led or driven, the warlike and willful Cherokees, lingering in the Stone Age by choice at the turn of the eighteenth century, were forced by circumstances to transfer their concentration on war to problems posed by the white man. To cope with these unwelcome problems, they had to turn from the conquests of war to the conquest of civilization.

The Cherokees in Pre Columbian Times

Now , it happens that quite a number of graves of this particular type are found on the site of one of the " Over - hill towns " heretofore mentioned , and others are scattered over parts of the Cherokee district .

Author: Cyrus Thomas

Publisher: New York, N. D. C. Hodges


Category: Cherokee Indians

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The Cherokee People

The Story of the Cherokees from Earliest Origins to Contemporary Times Thomas E. Mails. invited at this time several more traders to set up headquarters in Chota and to take Cherokee wives. In 1736, a Jesuit named Christian Priber, ...

Author: Thomas E. Mails

Publisher: Council Oak Books

ISBN: 0933031459

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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This book depicts the Cherokees' ancient culture and lifestyle, their government, dress, and family life. Mails chronicles the fundamentals of vital Cherokee spiritual beliefs and practices, their powerful rituals, and their joyful festivals, as well as the story of the gradual encroachment that all but destroyed their civilization.

The Cherokee Nation

... water," the Delawares dwelt along the banks of the river that bears their name. They had enjoyed a long era of peace and prosperity when the Cherokees, Nanticokes, and some other nation whose name had been forgotten, envying their ...

Author: Charles C. Royce

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 020236951X

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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This volume, presents the succession of treaties between 1785 and 1868 that reduced the holdings of the Cherokee Nation east of the Mississippi and culminated in their removal to Indian territory. Each document is accompanied by a detailed description of its antecedent conditions, the negotiations that led up to it, and its consequences. The events described here ended more than a century ago, but the motives and actions of the participants and the effects of the compromises and decisions they made are sadly familiar. The story presented here needs to be understood by everyone concerned with the survival of diverse ways of life and the quality of the relationships among peoples. The impersonal style of Royce's presentation enhances the poignancy of the Cherokee experience. Repeated declarations of peace and perpetual friendship contrast with repeated violations of treaties approved by Congress and the impotence of a people to defend their ancestral lands. The Cherokee "trail of broken treaties" has left us with a heritage of guilt and frustration that we have yet to overcome. The Native American Library, in which this volume appears, has been initiated by the National Anthropological Archives of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, to publish original works by Indians and reprints selected by the tribes involved. Royce's work, which was included in the Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, is republished at the request of the Governing Body of the Cherokee Nation. The original text is prefaced by an evaluation of Royce and his work by Richard Mack Bettis and contains several illustrations not included in the earlier edition.

The Cherokee Nation

For all the above reasons, Colonel George Chicken took immediate advantage of his new position as commissioner of trade, and the freedom of travel in the Cherokee country that it afforded him, to go from Cherokee town to Cherokee town ...

Author: Robert J. Conley

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826332366

Category: History

Page: 279

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The Cherokee Nation is one of the largest and most important of all the American Indian tribes. The first history of the Cherokees to appear in over four decades, this is also the first to be endorsed by the tribe and the first to be written by a Cherokee. Robert Conley begins his survey with Cherokee origin myths and legends. He then explores their relations with neighboring Indian groups and European missionaries and settlers. He traces their forced migrations west, relates their participations on both sides of the Civil War and the wars of the twentieth century, and concludes with an examination of Cherokee life today. Conley provides analyses for general readers of all ages to learn the significance of tribal lore and Cherokee tribal law. Following the history is a listing of the Principal Chiefs of the Cherokees with a brief biography of each and separate listings of the chiefs of the Eastern Cherokees and the Western Cherokees. For those who want to know more about Cherokee heritage and history, Conley offers additional reading lists at the end of each chapter.

Anetso the Cherokee Ball Game

Also see Fogelson, “Cherokee Ball Game,” 39222. Evans, “Ball Play,” 10. 225. Ibid.,11. 224. Ibid.,11,12,14. 225. McLoughlin, The Cherokees and Christianity, 27; Mooney, “Historical Sketch,” in Myths, 117. 226. Mooney, “Historical Sketch ...

Author: Michael J. Zogry

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807833606

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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"This is a careful and innovative consideration of a remarkable and enduring Native American ritual. Zogry reflects deeply, critically, and sensibly on an amazing array of issues of theoretical interest to the study of religion, culture, game, ritual, secrecy, colonial contact, and even the impact of tourism on culture. An important and informative work."---SAM D. GILL, University of Colorado at Boulder "Zogry presents a very well researched, ethically grounded, and theoretically informed study of Anetso, the Cherokee ball game, which will instruct students of Native American religions, Cherokee traditions and history, and the anthropology of sport. A valuable book that is based on impressive archival and ethnographic work."---Michael d. Mcnally, Carleton College Anetso, a centuries-old Cherokee ball game still played today, is a vigorous, sometimes violent activity that rewards speed, strength, and agility. At the same time, it is the focus of several linked ritual activities. Is it a sport? Is it a religious ritual? Could it possibly be both? Why has it lasted so long, surviving through centuries of upheaval and change? Based on his work in the field and in the archives, Michael J. Zogry argues that members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation continue to perform selected aspects of their cultural identity by engaging in anetso, itself the hub of an extended ceremonial complex, or cycle. Historically, this complex has featured virtually every activity that Cherokee people and non-Cherokee observers have identified as elemental to Cherokee "religion" or "ritual," However, interpreted as "game" within a broader framing of "religion," anetso simultaneously resists and problematizes such classifications. A precursor to lacrosse, anetso appears in all manner of Cherokee cultural narratives and has figured prominently in the written accounts of non-Cherokee observers for almost three hundred years. The anetso ceremonial complex incorporates a variety of activities that, taken together, complicate standard scholarly distinctions such as game versus ritual, public display versus private performance, and tradition versus innovation. Thus examination of this Cherokee bail game and the ceremonial complex that it anchors provides a striking opportunity for a rethinking of the understanding of ritual and performance as well as their relationship to cultural identity. Zogry draws on extensive cultural consultation with members of the Cherokee community in western North Carolina, undertaken with the approval of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, as well as thorough archival research, to offer a sharp reappraisal of scholarly discourse on the Cherokee religious system, with particular focus on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation.

Demanding the Cherokee Nation

homeland died off, which forced the Cherokees to “resort to agriculture” (the Cherokees, of course, had been farmers long before Europeansshowedup).Atthesametime,missionariesbroughtChristianity to the tribe. The same two processes, ...

Author: Andrew Denson

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803217269

Category: History

Page: 344

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Demanding the Cherokee Nation examines nineteenth-century Cherokee political rhetoric to address an enigma in American Indian history: the contradiction between the sovereignty of Indian nations and the political weakness of Indian communities. Making use of a rich collection of petitions, appeals, newspaper editorials, and other public records, Andrew Denson describes the ways in which Cherokees represented their people and their nation to non-Indians after their forced removal to Indian Territory in the 1830s. He argues that Cherokee writings on nationhood document a decades-long effort by tribal leaders to find a new model for American Indian relations in which Indian nations could coexist with a modernizing United States. Most non-Natives in the nineteenth century assumed that American development and progress necessitated the end of tribal autonomy, that at best the Indian nation was a transitional state for Native people on the way to assimilation. As Denson shows, however, Cherokee leaders found a variety of ways in which the Indian nation, as they defined it, belonged in the modern world. Tribal leaders responded to developments in the United States and adapted their defense of Indian autonomyøto the great changes transforming American life in the middle and late nineteenth century. In particular, Cherokees in several ways found new justification for Indian nationhood in American industrialization.

Memorial of the Cherokee Delegation Against the Settlement Proposed by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs Under the Treaty of 6th August 1846 June 13 1848 Referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs and Ordered to be Printed

MEMORIAL ~ THE CHEROKEE DELEGATION, I Against the settlement proposed by the Commissioner of Inoh'anlA_1faz'rs ' . under the treaty of 6th August, 1846. . w JUNE 13, 1848. Referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs, and ordered to be ...




Category: Cherokee Indians

Page: 20

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Old World Roots of the Cherokee

21 Cherokee makes many of the same syntactical distinctions. Most people if asked today would probably take the position, as do most linguists, that Cherokee is “the sole representative of the Southern branch of the Iroquoian family ...

Author: Donald N. Yates

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786491256

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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Most histories of the Cherokee nation focus on its encounters with Europeans, its conflicts with the U. S. government, and its expulsion from its lands during the Trail of Tears. This work, however, traces the origins of the Cherokee people to the third century B.C.E. and follows their migrations through the Americas to their homeland in the lower Appalachian Mountains. Using a combination of DNA analysis, historical research, and classical philology, it uncovers the Jewish and Eastern Mediterranean ancestry of the Cherokee and reveals that they originally spoke Greek before adopting the Iroquoian language of their Haudenosaunee allies while the two nations dwelt together in the Ohio Valley.

Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation

of the Cherokee neutral lands in Kansas , thus making the whole Cherokee National fund $ 1,678,000 , and this last mentioned sum shall be taken as the basis for calculating the amount which the Delawares are to pay into the common fund ...

Author: Cherokee Nation



Category: Cherokee Indians

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