Cherokee History, Myths and Sacred Formulas

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Cherokee Publications, 2006 - History - 397 pages
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The definitive resource on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recording their history, material culture, oral tradition, language, arts and religion. Mr. Mooney lived with, ate with, even spoke with the Cherokee in their native tongue, and his work was relied upon by students of Native American culture, general readers, and many of the Cherokee people themselves. This edition includes a forword from Michell Hicks, Principal Chief, and an informative introduction from The Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokeee, North Carolina.

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This book is highly inaccurate and has been criticized throughout Cherokee Communities since we became aware of it shortly after it was published many many years ago. Mooney was widely disliked by traditional Cherokees who had little interest in sharing our stories with him so he went to children in many cases and attempted to bribe them with candy and trinkets. The stories he got, in many cases were simply a rehashing of aesop's fables. Other stories were simply made up by himself and others.
Unfortunately as the years have gone by due to acculturation, many Cherokee's have accepted this book as Gospel and have begun to incorporate its stories and cultural observations as fact.
 

Contents

IIntroduction
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II Historical sketch of the Cherokee
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The period of Spanish exploration1540?
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Copyright

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About the author (2006)

The late James Mooney was a professor of History at American University.

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