OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available The Cherokees, part of A First American Book series, written by Lakota Sioux author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve presents an overview of this specific Native American Nation's culture and history for elementary students. The picture book begins with a brief version of the Cherokee creation story. The original homeland of the Cherokees were the states of Virginia, West Virginia, part of North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The Cherokee have seven clans and their traditional villages had from 30 to 60 houses. The book covers topics such as the roles of men and women, children, religion, ceremonies, dance, and the impact of the coming of Europeans. The significance of Sequoya and his creation of a written Cherokee language, and the great changes brought to the Cherokee by the various presidents of the US are described. In spite of the progress made by the Cherokee, the American government desired their fertile lands for European settlers. This led to treaties and loss of the Cherokee territories. Forced to move to Indian Territory (Oklahoma), 17,000 Cherokee men, women, and children were forced to walk the "Trail of Tears." On this grueling move, the Cherokee lost 4,000 people who died on the route. But not all Cherokee left their homeland. A few Eastern Cherokee remained in their Qualla Territory in North Carolina. The Western Cherokee were promised a new homeland in Oklahoma but eventually the government took these lands as well. The remaining Western Cherokee had to relinquish major portions of these new territories. Despite their formation of a Cherokee Nation government, these Western Cherokee were not allowed to choose their own leadership until 1971. Today the Cherokee live on reservations and in cities. A noted leader is Wilma Mankiller who was the first Cherokee woman to be elected Chief of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation in 1985. Throughout the text there are numerous watercolour illustrations. The book also includes a map, an index, and quotes from various historical leaders of the Cherokee. The series presents a good introduction to various Native American tribes from a Native American writer's perspective. Included in the book are a map, an index, and quotes from historical leaders of the Cherokee. The series presents a good introduction to various Native American tribes from a Native American writer's perspective.