Snowbird Cherokees: People of Persistence

Snowbird Cherokees: People of Persistence

by Sharlotte Neely
     
 

This is the first ethnographic study of Snowbird, North Carolina, a remote mountain community of Cherokees who are regarded as simultaneously the most traditional and the most adaptive members of the entire tribe. Through historical research, contemporary fieldwork, and situational analysis, Sharlotte Neely explains the Snowbird paradox and portrays the

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This is the first ethnographic study of Snowbird, North Carolina, a remote mountain community of Cherokees who are regarded as simultaneously the most traditional and the most adaptive members of the entire tribe. Through historical research, contemporary fieldwork, and situational analysis, Sharlotte Neely explains the Snowbird paradox and portrays the inhabitants' daily lives and culture. At the core of her study are detailed examinations of two expressions of Snowbird's cultural self-awareness--its ongoing struggle for fair political representation on the tribal council and its yearly Trail of Tears Singing, a gathering point for all North Carolina and Oklahoma Cherokees concerned with cultural conservation.

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"Neely presents a thoughtful, readable study of a harmonious people coping with the pressures of preserving their traditions and adapting to change."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The first ethnographic study of Snowbird, North Carolina, a remote mountain community of Cherokees who are regarded as simultaneously the most traditional and the most adaptive members of their entire tribe. Through historical research, contemporary fieldwork, and situational analysis, Neely explains the Snowbird paradox and portrays its inhabitants' daily life and culture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820313276
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Series:
Brown Thrasher Books Series
Pages:
192

Meet the Author


Sharlotte Neely is a professor of anthropology at Northern Kentucky University.

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