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The Singing Bird: A Cherokee Novel
     

The Singing Bird: A Cherokee Novel

by John Milton Oskison
 

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A rediscovered novel portrays Cherokees in transition

John Milton Oskison was a mixed-blood Cherokee known for his writing and his activism on behalf of Indian causes. The Singing Bird, never before published, is quite possibly the first historical novel written by a Cherokee.

Set in the 1840s and ’50s, when conflict erupted between the

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A rediscovered novel portrays Cherokees in transition

John Milton Oskison was a mixed-blood Cherokee known for his writing and his activism on behalf of Indian causes. The Singing Bird, never before published, is quite possibly the first historical novel written by a Cherokee.

Set in the 1840s and ’50s, when conflict erupted between the Eastern and Western Cherokees after their removal to Indian Territory, The Singing Bird relates the adventures and tangled relationships of missionaries to the Cherokees, including the promiscuous, selfish Ellen, the “Singing Bird” of the title. The fictional characters mingle with such historical figures as Sequoyah and Sam Houston, embedding the novel in actual events.

The Singing Bird is a vivid account of the Cherokees’ genius for survival and celebrates Native American cultural complexity and revitalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806138183
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
American Indian Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Milton Oskison (1874–1947) was a distinguished New York editor and published five books, including Tecumseh and His Times.

Melinda Smith Mullikin is a former media editor for The New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Timothy B. Powell is author of Ruthless Democracy: A Multicultural Interpretation of the American Renaissance.

Jace Weaver is Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and Religion at the University of Georgia. He is the author of The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000–1927.

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