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Books on the Cherokee and General Books on Southeastern Indians

Sequoyah with Cherokee syllabary Sequoyah, also known as George Gist. A member of the Cherokee Tribe, he was the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, (a set of written symbols, each of which represents a syllable, used to write a given language). This image was copied from a lithograph in McKenney and Hall's, "Indian Tribes of North America", 1836-44 and subsequent editions.   The source for the lithograph is thought to be an original painting by Charles Bird King, Washington, D.C. 1828.   Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives Photo #991-a. Copyright 1993 Smithsonian Institution.

Some of these books may be available in your local public library, or in your school or college library. Your local public library may be able to get books for you through inter-library loan or similar programs. Those books that are in print may be purchased through bookstores, or ordered directly from the publishers.

For Adults

Blu, Karen I., The Lumbee Problem: The Making of an American Indian People, 1980, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. First University of Nebraska Press printing, 2001. Includes a new forward by the author.

Bolton, Herbert Eugene, The Hasinais: Southern Caddoans as Seen by the Earliest Europeans, 1987, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Edited and with an introduction by Russell M. Magnaghi.

Conley, Robert J. (text) & David G. Fitzgerald (photos), Cherokee, 2002, Graphic Arts Center Publishing, Portland, OR. A large format, well-illustrated book.

Cotterill, R.S. The Southern Indians: The Story of the Civilized Tribes Before Removal, 1954, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. Focuses on the fifty years prior to removal to Oklahoma.

Covington, James W., The Seminoles of Florida, 1993, University Press of Florida, Gainsville.

Dial, Adolph L. & David K. Eliades, The Only Land I Know: A History of the Lumbee Indians, 1996, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY.

Debo, Angie, And Still the Waters Run: The Betrayal of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1940, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. An account of the liquidation of the independent republics of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole peoples.

Debo, Angie, The Road to Disappearance, 1941, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. A history of the Creek people.

Debo, Angie, The Rise & Fall of the Choctaw Republic, 1934, 1961, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Duncan, Barbara R. & Brett H. Riggs, Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook, 2003, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. The Cherokee Heritage Trails are a project of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the North Carolina Folklife Institute, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service.

Ehle, John, Trail of Tears: The Rise & Fall of the Cherokee Nation, 1988, Doubleday, New York. An account of the removal of the Cherokee people to Oklahoma.

Evarts, Jeremiah, Cherokee Removal: The "William Penn" Essays & Other Writings by Jeremiah Evarts, edited and with an introduction by Francis Paul Prucha, 1981, The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. Jeremiah Evarts, 1781-1831, was a supporter of the Cherokees' right to remain in their homeland. This book reprints his essays on the issue, some of which were published under the pseudonym William Penn.

Everett, Dianna, The Texas Cherokees: A People Between Two Fires, 1819-1840, 1990, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. Focuses on this group's social and political organization and belief system, and on their adaptation to the Texas environment.

Feeling, Durbin, Cherokee-English Dictionary, 1975, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Tahlequah. Edited by William Pulte. Includes information on Cherokee grammar.

Finger, John R., Cherokee Americans: The Eastern Band of Cherokees in the Twentieth Century, 1991, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

Foreman, Grant, The Five Civilized Tribes, 1934, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. The post-removal history of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choc-taw, Creek, and Seminole peoples.

Foreman, Grant, Indian Removal, 1932, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. An account of the dispossession of the Southeastern tribes.

Forman, Grant, Sequoyah, 1938, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. A brief biography.

Gibson, Arrell M., The Chicasaws, 1971, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Green, Michael D., The Politics of Indian Removal: Creek Government & Society in Crisis, 1982, University of Nebraska Press. Lincoln.

Guinn, Jeff, Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro, 2002, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York.

Hill, Sarah H., Weaving New Worlds: Southeastern Cherokee Women & their Basketry, 1997, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. Examines three centuries of Southeastern Cherokee women's history by focusing on changes in their basketry.

Holmes, Ruth Bradley, & Betty Sharp Smith, Beginning Cherokee, 1976, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Hudson, Charles M., The Catawba Nation, 1970, University of Georgia Press, Athens.

Hudson, Charles, The Southeastern Indians, 1976, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.

King, Duane H. (editor), The Cherokee Indian Nation: A Troubled History, 1979, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville. Includes essays by twelve contributors.

Lankford, George E., Southeastern Legends: Tales from the Natchez, Caddo, Biloxi, Chicasaw, & Other Nations, 1987, August House, Little Rock, AR. A volume in the American Folklore Series.

Lewis, David, Jr. & Ann T. Jordan, Creek Indian Medicine Ways: The Enduring Power of Mvskoke Religion, 2002, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. The author is Mvskoke (Creek).

Mankiller, Wilma, & Michael Wallis, Mankiller: A Chief & Her People, 1993, St. Martin's Press, New York. An autobiography by the modern day Cherokee leader, Wilma Mankiller.

McLoughlin, William G., After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees' Struggle for Sovereignty, 1839-1880, 1993, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.

Matte, Jacqueline Anderson, They Say the Wind is Red: The Alabama Choctaw-Lost in Their Own Land, revised edition, 2002, New South Books, Montgomery, AL. The history of the Choctaws who managed to avoid removal to Indian Territory and remain in Alabama .

McLoughlin, William G., After the Trail of Tears, 1993, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. An account of the Cherokees' struggle for sovereignty, 1839-1880.

Mooney, James, Myths of the Cherokee and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee (bound together), reprint of material first published in the 7th and 19th Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Reprinted 1982 by Charles & Randy Elder, Booksellers, Nashville, TN.

Neely, Sharlotte, Snowbird Cherokees: People of Persistence, 1991, University of Georgia Press, Athens. Study of a Cherokee community.

O'Connor, Mallory McCane (text), & Barbara B. Gibbs (site photographs), Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast, 1995, University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Paredes, J. Anthony, editor, Indians of the Southeastern United States in the Late 20th Century, 1992, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Perdue, Theda, Slavery & the Evolution of Cherokee Society, 1540-1866, 1979, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.

Rozema, Vicki, Footsteps of the Cherokee: A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation, 1995, John F. Blair, Publisher, Winston-Salem, NC.

Sider, Gerald M., Lumbee Indian Histories: Race, Ethnicity, & Indian Identity in the southern United States, 1993, Cambridge University Press, Cam-bridge & New York.

Speck, Frank G., & Leonard Bloom, with Will West Long, Cherokee Dance & Drama, 1951, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Swanton, John R., The Indians of the Southeastern United States, 1946, reprinted 1979, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington. A volume in the series, Classics of Smithsonian Anthropology.

Swanton, John R., Myths & Tales of the Southeastern Indians, 1995, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. First published as Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 88, 1929, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Weisman, Brent Richards, Unconquered People: Florida's Seminole & Miccosukee Indians, 1999, University Press of Florida, Gainesville. A brief history.

Woodward, Grace Steele, The Cherokees, 1963, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Wright, J. Leitch, Creeks & Seminoles: The Destruction and Regeneration of the Muscogulge People, 1986, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

Tribes of the Southern Woodlands, 1994, by the Editors of Time-Life Books, Time-Life Books, Alexandria, VA. Well illustrated.

For Children

Lee, Martin, The Seminoles, 1989, Franklin Watts, New York. Ages 10 and up.

Lepthien, Emilie, The Choctaw,1987, Childrens Press, Chicago. Ages 7 - 10.

Schmie, Bonnie, Native Sites: The Southeast; Mounds of Shell & Earth, 1993, Tundra Books, Montreal & Tundra Books of Northern New York, Plattsburgh. Ages 8 - 12.

Chelsea House, Philadelphia. Southeastern Indian titles from this publisher include the following.

For ages 8 - 12

       Claro, Nicole, The Cherokee Indians, 1992.
       Koslow, Philip, The Seminole Indians, 1994.
       Scordato, Ellen, The Creek Indians, 1993.

For ages 12 and up

        Brain, Jeffrey P., The Tunica-Biloxi, 1990.
        Dial, Adolph L., The Lumbee, 1993.
        Garbarino, Merwyn S., The Seminole, 1989.
        Green, Michael D., The Creeks, 1993.
        Hale, Duane K., & Arrell M. Gibson, The Chickasaw, 1991.
        Klausner, Janet, Sequoyah's Gift: A Portrait of the Cherokee Leader, 1993.
        Merrell, James H., The Catawbas, 1989.
        McKee, Jesse O., The Choctaw, 1989.
        Perdue, Theda, The Cherokee, 1989.
        Schwarz, Melissa, Wilma Mankiller: Principal Chief of the Cherokees, 1994.

Cherokee Publications. This company offers a number of brief, colorfully-illustrated, and often Native-authored publications, including The Chero-kees: Past & Present; The Story of the Cherokee People, and Cherokee Legends & the Trail of Tears. Cherokee Publications, P.O. Box 256, Cherokee, NC 28719. For older children and adults.

Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People, Volume 5, Number 2, 1984, Cobblestone Publishing, Peterborough, NH. An all-Cherokee issue. Ages 8 - 14.

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