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Cherokee Voices: Accounts of Cherokee Life before 1900

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From the time they established formal ties with Great Britain in 1730, the Cherokees had a rocky relationship with whites. They found grounds for dispute over trade practices, territorial control, and the complicated loyalties among the various Indian tribes and European powers. Over the years, the Cherokees struggled to maintain their ancient traditions as the tribe was assimilated into the white man's culture.

Cherokee Voices uses the participants' own words to tell the story ...

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Overview

From the time they established formal ties with Great Britain in 1730, the Cherokees had a rocky relationship with whites. They found grounds for dispute over trade practices, territorial control, and the complicated loyalties among the various Indian tribes and European powers. Over the years, the Cherokees struggled to maintain their ancient traditions as the tribe was assimilated into the white man's culture.

Cherokee Voices uses the participants' own words to tell the story of early Cherokee life. The selections were gathered from journals, treaty records, and correspondence written by Cherokees or by Europeans or Americans who knew them. The excerpts begin with the 1730 visit of Alexander Cuming, who appointed an "emperor" for the Cherokees. Touching on matters as varied as the Cherokees' oral tradition, their village life, their ball games, their treaties with whites, their famous Cherokee Phoenix newspaper, and their education in Christian mission schools, the chapters take readers from when the Indians were dependent on European trade to when they became self-sufficient farmers and tradesmen.

Unlike most books about the Cherokees, written in the third person by authors who lived years after the events, this one recognizes that no one can speak more eloquently of their lives, trials, and customs than the people themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895872708
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Real Voices, Real History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 682,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Hands and Hearts Joined Together, 1730 3
Excerpt from the Articles of Friendship & Commerce ... 7
Answer of the Indian Chiefs ... 11
Excerpt from Memoirs of the Life of Sir Alexander Cuming of Culter, Baronet 13
The Price of a White Shirt, 1751-53 15
"List of the Prices of Goods" 17
Excerpt from Governor Glen's talks with Little Carpenter ... 19
A Second Peace, 1761-62 32
Excerpts from The Memoirs of Lieut. Henry Timberlake 35
Welcome in Their Country As a Friend and Brother, 1776 48
Excerpt from William Bartram's Travels through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida ... 50
Too Near the Shore, 1780 61
Excerpts from John Donelson's Journal of a Voyage ... 63
A Pipe and a Little Tobacco, 1785 73
Excerpts from talks at the Treaty of Hopewell 75
Blood Is Spilt at Both of Our Houses, 1793 86
Reports concerning the attack on Hanging Maw's house 89
According to the Law of This Country, 1801-02 101
Excerpts from the daybook of Return J. Meigs 104
An Ardent Zeal, 1818 115
Report on the Brainerd Mission ... 118
Letter from Catharine Brown to William and Flora Chamberlain at the Brainerd Mission 124
To Rise from Their Ashes, 1828-31 127
Excerpts from the Cherokee Phoenix 130
The Manly Game of Ball-playing, 1848 141
Excerpt from Charles Lanman's Letters from the Alleghany Mountains 142
Sound from the Distant Mountains: The Cherokee Storytellers, 1887-90 148
"The First Fire" 152
"The Ice Man" 154
"The Removed Townhouses" 155
Endnotes 158
Bibliography 169
Index 173
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