The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, & Identity (The Lamar Series in Western History) by Gregory D. Smithers
English | 2015 | ISBN: 0300169604 | 368 pages | PDF | 2,5 MB
The Cherokee are one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States, with more than three hundred thous& people across the country claiming tribal membership & nearly one million people internationally professing to have at least one Cherokee Indian ancestor. In this revealing history of Cherokee migration & resettlement, Gregory Smithers uncovers the origins of the Cherokee diaspora & explores how communities & individuals have negotiated their Cherokee identities, even when geographically removed from the Cherokee Nation headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the author transports the reader back in time to tell the poignant story of the Cherokee people migrating throughout North America, including their forced exile along the infamous Trail of Tears (1838-39). Smithers tells a remarkable story of courage, cultural innovation, & resilience, exploring the importance of migration & removal, l& & tradition, culture & language in defining what it has meant to be Cherokee for a widely scattered people.