James Mooney (1861 1921) began his work for the US Bureau of American Ethnology in 1885. He studied Native American tribes in the Southeastern US as well as those of the Great Plains, meticulously recording details of their culture and religious rites. His work among the Cherokee is unparalleled. This edition of James Mooney s work contains the full texts of Myths of the Cherokee (1900) and The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees (1891) as published by the Bureau of American Ethnology, with an exclusive biographical introduction, James Mooney and the Eastern Cherokees, by George Ellison. James Mooney s work is a standard for anyone interested in the Cherokee tribe or Native American history.