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The Cherokee diaspora : an indigenous history of migration, resettlement, and identity

Author: Gregory D Smithers
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
Series: Lamar series in Western history
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Cherokee are one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States, with more than three hundred thousand people across the country claiming tribal membership and nearly one million people internationally professing to have at least one Cherokee Indian ancestor. In this revealing history of Cherokee migration and resettlement, Gregory Smithers uncovers the origins of the Cherokee Diaspora and explores  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory D Smithers
ISBN: 9780300169607 0300169604
OCLC Number: 970652324
Description: 358 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Origins --
The origins of the Cherokee diaspora --
Colonialism, Christianity, and Cherokee identity --
Removal, reunion, and diaspora --
Uncertain futures Diaspora --
War, division, and refugees --
The "refugee business" --
Cherokee freedmen --
Diasporic horizons
Series Title: Lamar series in Western history
Responsibility: Gregory D. Smithers

Abstract:

The Cherokee are one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States, with more than three hundred thousand people across the country claiming tribal membership and nearly one million people internationally professing to have at least one Cherokee Indian ancestor. In this revealing history of Cherokee migration and resettlement, Gregory Smithers uncovers the origins of the Cherokee Diaspora and explores how communities and 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, and resilience, exploring the importance of migration and removal, land and tradition, culture and language in defining what it has meant to be Cherokee for a widely scattered people

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"Essential reading for anyone interested in the Cherokee, as it deftly documents how they determine who is a blood relative and why that matters, both in the past and today."-Library Journal, starred Read more...

 
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