The Cherokee Nation: A History (Google eBook)

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UNM Press, Sep 6, 2005 - History - 279 pages
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The Cherokee Nation is one of the largest and most important of all the American Indian tribes. The first history of the Cherokees to appear in over four decades, this is also the first to be endorsed by the tribe and the first to be written by a Cherokee.

Robert Conley begins his survey with Cherokee origin myths and legends. He then explores their relations with neighboring Indian groups and European missionaries and settlers. He traces their forced migrations west, relates their participations on both sides of the Civil War and the wars of the twentieth century, and concludes with an examination of Cherokee life today.

Conley provides analyses for general readers of all ages to learn the significance of tribal lore and Cherokee tribal law. Following the history is a listing of the Principal Chiefs of the Cherokees with a brief biography of each and separate listings of the chiefs of the Eastern Cherokees and the Western Cherokees. For those who want to know more about Cherokee heritage and history, Conley offers additional reading lists at the end of each chapter.


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User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

Absolutely wonderfully written and easy to follow. A precise history of the Cherokee Nation... a good read for those who are Tsalagi and even for those who are not... Read full review

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User Review  - Tiphanie Stocks - Goodreads

Conley has written a great and extensive history of the Cherokee people; however, I believe it is missing one very important element. What happened to the Cherokee in North Carolina? To be honest, the ... Read full review


Cherokee Historical Novels
Theories and Legends
Early Invasions
Beginnings of Central Government
Visits Back and Forth
What Nation or People Am I Afraid Of?
Let Him be Wary
Living upon the Roots and Sap of Trees
Hundreds of Babies Died
Killings on Both Sides
The Golden Age
Confederates and Pins
Indian Territory
Jurisdictional Confusion
The Dawes Commission and Redbird Smith

President of the Nation
I Have My Young Warriors around Me
Our Cry Is All for Peace
A Pipe and a Little Tobacco
Perpetual Friendship
Tecumseh and Red Eagle
Five Treaties in Three Years
Many Changes Taking Place
The Cherokee Are Not Foreigners
The Treaty of New Echota
World War II
The First Woman Chief
What Do They Want with This Old Building?
What Greater Gift Can We Give Our Children?

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About the author (2005)

Robert J. Conley is the author of over seventy books. He has been awarded the American Indian Festival of Words Award for 2009. The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named him Wordcrafter of the Year for 1997. Conley has won numerous Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and was presented with the Cherokee Medal of Honor in 2000. An enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees, Conley lives with his wife, Evelyn, in Norman, Oklahoma.

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