The Cherokee Nation: A History by Robert J. Conley

The Cherokee Nation: A History

Robert J. Conley
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  • ISBN
    9780826332356 / 0826332358
  • Title The Cherokee Nation: A History
  • Author Robert J. Conley
  • Category Indigenous Peoples
    History Of The Americas
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2007
  • Pages 265
  • Publisher
    University of New Mexico Press
  • Imprint University of New Mexico Press
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 166mm x 18mm x 229mm

Annotation

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.

"Conley speaks with a clear Cherokee Indian voice to show how his tribe's cultural characteristics have survived centuries of abrupt change."—“The Cherokee Advocate”

"[Robert Conley is] in the ranks of N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, James Welch or W. P. Kinsella as interpreters of the many facets of the Native American experience."—“Fort Worth Star-Telegram”

Publisher Description

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.

"Conley speaks with a clear Cherokee Indian voice to show how his tribe's cultural characteristics have survived centuries of abrupt change."—“The Cherokee Advocate”

" Robert Conley is] in the ranks of N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, James Welch or W. P. Kinsella as interpreters of the many facets of the Native American experience."—“Fort Worth Star-Telegram”

Review
“Present-day Americans ought to know about their fellow Native American citizens and this book provides that kind of knowledge. The author is well qualified to teach readers, as he is a member of the Cherokee tribe.... This fascinating book, comprised of 31 short chapters, deserves a careful reading.” - USA Today Magazine “This is an excellent resource and an essential reference for those who desire to understand and know more about the history of the Cherokee Nation. Educators will appreciate the bonus of suggestions for further reading and the glossary at the end of each chapter. Any reader will enjoy the writing style, which allows one to learn about the history of the Cherokee Nation while being captivated by Conley's storytelling skill.” - Multicultural Review “The Cherokee Nation comes highly recommended and should be considered required reading for anyone interested in the history of the Cherokee Nation and the American Indians.” - Journal of the West"

Author Biography

Robert J. Conley is the author of over seventy books. The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named him Wordcrafter of the Year for 1997. He 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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