Cherokee, The (A True Book), paper ed OUT OF PRINT
OUT OF PRINT The Cherokee is a children's information book published by The Children's Press. It is part of the True Book series about Native Americans designed to introduce young students to the culture and history of a specific Native group. This book begins with a basic introduction about the geographic location of the Cherokee. Originally they lived in the Southeast culture area of North America, namely the states of Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. Their traditional name for themselves is Ani Yunwiya (real people). Neighbouring people called them another name, which was simplified to Cherokee. The first chapter describes the traditional culture of the Cherokee, their villages, and government. The next chapter covers traditional Cherokee family life, winter and summer homes, men's and women's roles, and hunting and fishing techniques. Chapter three outlines Cherokee games such as stickball that is similar to lacrosse. A Cherokee traditional ceremony such as the Green Corn Ceremony which marks the beginning of the new year is also described. The new year ceremony was the time for relighting the sacred fire that burned in the centre of the village, and for renewing the village and homes. The next chapter describes the early Spanish arrival in 1540 that made its way through Cherokee communities. This visit by de Soto marked the beginning for massive changes that were in store for the Cherokee people. The impact of European diseases such as smallpox was devastating as nearly half of the Cherokee population died. Later missionaries and European settlers vied for Cherokee souls and Cherokee lands. But the Cherokee adapted. They learned English, and many became Christians. In fact by 1828 the Cherokee began their weekly newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, printed in English and Cherokee. In 1821, the Cherokee established a government like the United States model with a senate and house of representatives. But when gold was discovered in Cherokee lands, the US government supported their settlers demanding Cherokee territory by passing the Indian Removal Act in 1830. In 1838, Cherokee families were forcibly removed west into Oklahoma and the men, women, and children walked the 800 miles. This forced march is known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee died on the march, and other Cherokee refused to move and hid in the mountains of North Carolina. The final chapter describes the Cherokee today as they continue to live in Oklahoma and North Carolina, as the Western and Eastern Cherokee. Each title in the series contains a glossary, index, map, a brief list of books and websites for more research, and special one-page explanations of important people and other cultural traditions. In this book on the Lakota, the author includes information about Sequoyah and the development of the Cherokee syllabray, and Cherokee Art such as baskets and masks. This title is not as accurate in explaining Cherokee cultural traditions. Even the cover photograph shows a powwow dancer at a contemporary powwow, and the final page features two contemporary photos of a young boy fancy dancer and an elderly man wearing a Plains headdress. The caption explains to young readers that the Cherokee still enjoy dressing as their ancestors to celebrate their heritage.