Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East

Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East

by Vicki Rozema
     
 
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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016552330
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
04/25/2013
Series:
Real Voices, Real History , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
490,553
File size:
396 KB

Meet the Author

Vicki Rozema is author of three books on Cherokee history published by John F. Blair, Publisher, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her first book, published in 1995, Footsteps of the Cherokees: A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation, received an Award of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission. Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East, was published in October, 2002. Vicki’s most recent book, Voices from the Trail of Tears, was published in March 2003. Vicki’s historic and travel articles have appeared in Native Peoples, Blue Ridge Country, Country, and Country Extra magazines.

Vicki serves on the board of the Tennessee chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and is a member of the Chattanooga Indigenous Resource Center and Library, Chattanooga Area Historical Association, Chattanooga Civil War Round Table, Clan Montgomery Society International, Bell Clan International, and other organizations dedicated to education or preservation of history.

Vicki’s photography has been published in calendars, books, travel guides, videos, CD covers, newspapers and magazines. Her photo credits include Native Peoples, Southern Living, Blue Ridge Country, Farm and Ranch Living, Reminisce, Birds and Blooms, Country and Country Extra, National Parks, Taste of Home, Now and Then, Crafting Traditions, and other magazines. Vicki works in both color and black-and-white 35mm, teaches photographic workshops, and is available for assignments.

Vicki is currently a graduate student at the University of Tennessee.

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