Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee

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BiblioBazaar, 2009 - History - 188 pages
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This book contains a lot of indigenous occult practices such as chants, potions, rituals, and general native cosmology. It was originally written in the late 1800s, and was collected from elderly ... Read full review

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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.
 

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About the author (2009)

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

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