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BOOKS ABOUT CHEROKEES
CHEROKEE TREE By Paul B. Thomas
Thomas traces his Cherokee
Family Tree back to the Beloved Cherokee Woman, Nancy Ward. The book
contains family stories passed down, geneology charts, many illustrations
and historical information. Call (918) 825-1161 for ordering information.
FIRE AND THE SPIRITS Cherokee Law from Clan to Court By Rennard
Strickland. ISBN: ? Volume 133 in The Civilization
of the American Indian Series.
This book traces the emergence
of the Cherokee system of laws from the ancient spirit decrees to the fusion
of tribal law ways with Anglo-American law. The Cherokees enacated their
first written law in 1808 in Georgia. Strickland provides a brief
review of Cherokee history and explains the circumstances surrounding the
stages of development of the legal system. Excerpts from editorials in
the Cherokee Phoenix, Cherokee Advocate, letters and tribal documents and
a series of charts explaining the Complex Cherokee spirit sytemt of crimes
and the punishments meted out for them are included.
James Mooney's HISTORY, MYTHS, AND SACRED FORMULAS OF THE CHEROKEES
This book contains the full
texts of Myths of the Cherokee and The Sacred Formulas of the
Cherokees by James Mooney as originally published by the Bureau of
American Ethonology in 1900 and 1891, respectively. The biographical introduction,
James Mooney and the Eastern Cherokees was written in 1992 by Geoerge Eillison.
Contains map and several illustrations.
HISTORY OF THE CHEROKEE INDIANS AND THEIR LEGENDS AND FOLK LORE
By Emmet Starr. ISBN: 0527857009
THE CHEROKEES By Grace Steele Woodward Library of Congress
Card Number 63-8986.
Steele starts out by taking
a look at Cherokees today, then covers the history of the Cherokee from
contact with the Spaniards in 1540 through recnstruction and Statehood.
The book includes several maps and many illustrations.
THE INTRUDERS The Illegal Residents of the Cherokee Nation 1866-1907
By Nancy Hope Sober.
Sober's book is a narrative
account of intrusion by noncitizens upon the land of the Cherokee tribe
in the Indian Territory west of the Missippi River. Chapters included
are: Privileges and Problems of Tribal Citizenship; Intrusion by
White Settlers; Intrusion by Blacks, Interference by the Federal Government,
and more. Includes several maps, illustrations, and intruder lists.
THE UNITED KEETOOWAH BAND of Cherokee Indian in Oklahoma By
Georgia Rae Leeds. ISBN: 0-8204-2720-9
Leeds provides an interesting
history of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, 65%
of whose members are full-blooded Indians. The UKB asserts that it
predates the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are represent the real Cherokees.
Leeds presents background history up to the present time. Many illustrations
and legal documents are included.
WEAVING NEW WORLDS Cherokee Women and Their Basketry By Sarah
H. Hill ISBN: 0-8078-2345-7(Cloth-alk.paper) ISBN: 0-8078-4650-3(pbk-alk.paper)
Over the course of three
centuries, Cherokees developed four major basketry traditions based on
rivercane, whiteoak, honeysuckle, and maple. Hill explores how the
addition of each new material occured in the context of lived experience,
ecological processes, social conditions, economic circumstances, and historical
eras. Included are the interesting stories of Cherokee baskets and
the women who weave them and many illustrations.
BOOKS ABOUT CHEROKEE GENEOLOGY
CHEROKEE ROOTS Volume1: EasternCherokeeRolls By Bob Blankenship
Includes: 1817 Reservation
Rolls; 1817-1835 Emigration Roll; 1835 Henderson Roll; 1848 Mullay Roll;
1852 Silar Roll; 1883 Hester Roll; 1908 Churchhill Roll; 1909 Guion Miller
East; 1924 Baker Roll and enrollment procedures of Eastern Band.
Can call (704) 497-9709 for ordering information.
CHEROKEE ROOTS Volume 2: Western Cherokee Rolls By Bob
Blankenship ISBN: 0-9633774-2-6
Includes: 1851 Old Settler
Roll; 1852 Drennen Roll by Family Name; 18096-1914 Combination Dawes and
Guion Miller Rolls and enrollment procedur of the Cherokee Nation.
BOOKS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS
AND STILL THE WATERS RUN The Betrayal of the Five Civilized Tribes By
Angie Debo. ISBN: 0-0691-04615-8(hardcover); ISBN: 0-691-00578-8(paperback)
Debo's classic work tells
the true tragic story of the Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees, Creeks, and
Seminoles. Debo describes the perilous gift of American citizenship
given in 1907, and documents the orgy of exploitation that followed. Within
a generation the Indians were stripped of their holdings, and were rescued
from starvation only through public charity.
INDIAN GIVERS By Jack Weatherford. ISBN: 0-449-90496-2
Weatherford traces the crucial
contributions made by Indians to our federal system of
government, our democractic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture,
architecture, and ecology. Some 60% of the foods eaten in the world today
were first harvested by the Indians of the Americans.
NATIVE AMERICAN LEGENDS Southeastern Legends: Tales from the Natchez,
Caddo, Biloxi, Chickasaw, and other Nations. Complied and edited by
George E. Lankford. ISBN: 0-87483-038-9
Lankford dedicates this
book to the memore of the ancient inhabitants of the Southeast. Includes
131 Southeastern Native American Legends including several Cherokee legends.
NATIVE ROOTS By Jack Weatherford. ISBN: 0-449-90713-9
Weatherford shows how Europeans
grafted their civilization onto the deep and nourshing roots of Native
American customs and beliefs. Our place names, our farmingg techniques,
our crafts, the very blood that flows in our veins-all derive from American
Indians in ways that we consistently faile to see. Without understanding
Native Americans, we will never know who we are today in America.
THE RIGHTS OF INDIANS AND TRIBES The Basic ACLU Guide to Indian
and Tribal Rights By Stephen L. Pevar. ISBN: 0-8093-1768-0
This American Civil Liberties
Union Handbook sets forth your rights under the present las and offers
suggestion on how they can be protected. The guide offers no assurances
that your rights will be respected. The guide is in a question and
answer format covering many issues and includes appendixes containing several
laws and acts.
BOOKS BY CHEROKEES
A HUNDRED MILES OF BAD ROAD By Dwight W. Birdwell and Keith William
Nolan. ISBN: 0-89141-628-5
The story of nineteen year-old Cherokee Dwight W. Birdwell's experience
in VietNam as a honorable Native American warrior in the position of an
armored Cavalryman. Birdwell was awarded two silver stars for his