Cherokee Stories of the Past

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The Cherokee Indians have lived in Western North Carolina for centuries. They have endured both hard times and good times in a world that changed dramatically around them. Author Roy Cantrell lived and worked among these Native Americans, collecting stories of the people he knew and loved and their ways of life that may not survive the onslaught of technology, casinos, and tourism. The Cherokee people have managed to cling to parts of their heritage like the making of bows and arrows, tomahawks, and blowguns, or ...

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Overview

The Cherokee Indians have lived in Western North Carolina for centuries. They have endured both hard times and good times in a world that changed dramatically around them. Author Roy Cantrell lived and worked among these Native Americans, collecting stories of the people he knew and loved and their ways of life that may not survive the onslaught of technology, casinos, and tourism. The Cherokee people have managed to cling to parts of their heritage like the making of bows and arrows, tomahawks, and blowguns, or basket weaving and carving Indian dolls, skills handed down from past generations to artisans like Katie Welch and Hayes Lossiah. Cantrell also documents colorful characters like Sara Bradley, a feisty elderly lady who survived attacks by dogs, bears, and rattlesnakes. Amoneeta Sequoyah, one of the few remaining medicine men, found that white people sought his help as often as the Cherokees. Chief Tom Jumper wore an outfit of leather, beads, and a richly feathered headdress, not because that s what Cherokees really wore, but because tourists expected it. Cantrell writes of the time before the casino came to town, when his subjects frequently struggled to stay alive but never lost sight of nature s gifts to their people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878177209
  • Publisher: Bandit books Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Roy Cantrell was born and reared in rural Spartanburg County, SC, the son of tenant farmers. Since 1957, he has served as pastor of five churches, including Cherokee Baptist Church from 1970-74, and interim pastor of three more. He lives in Wallburg, NC.

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Table of Contents

The Indian Blowgun 1

Friends of Nature 5

Bootlegger Became a Deacon 9

Hayes Lossiah and the Bow and Arrow 13

Honeysuckle Basket Weaving 15

Beaded Necktie 17

Essiah George 21

River Cane Basket Weaving 23

Cherokee Boys Club 27

The First Full-Time Indian Pastor 33

The Basket Weaver 37

Aunt Sara from Bunches Creek 41

Bean Bread 45

The Indian Chief 49

An Old Log House 53

Cherokee's First Mechanic 55

Hand-Carved Indian Dolls 59

The Indian Preacher 63

The Cherokee Medicine Man 67

Nature Lover 71

The Old-Timer 75

Tomahawks 79

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