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Living Stories of the Cherokee

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Publisher Comments:

This remarkable book, the first major new collection of Cherokee stories published in nearly a hundred years, presents seventy-two traditional and contemporary tales from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. It features stories told by Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle—six Cherokee storytellers who learned their art and their stories from family and community.

The tales gathered here include animal stories, creation myths, legends, and ghost stories as well as family tales and stories about such events in Cherokee history as the Trail of Tears. Taken together, they demonstrate that storytelling is a living, vital tradition. As new stories are added and old stories are changed or forgotten, Cherokee storytelling grows and evolves.

In an introductory essay, Barbara Duncan writes about the Cherokee storytelling tradition and explains the "oral poetics" style in which the stories are presented. This format effectively conveys the rhythmic, oral quality of the living storytelling tradition, allowing the reader to "hear" the voice of the storyteller.

Synopsis:

Will have a profound influence on future publications of collections of oral history as well as those of contemporary storytellers.

Thomas Rain Crowe, Wild Mountain Times Don't vacation in the Cherokee country without first dipping into this fine book.

Fayetteville Observer-Times It's much more than a guidebook; this is part of our history.

New Orleans Times-Picayune You can almost smell the wood smoke and see the flickering firelight on the walls.

Highlander [P]rovides the 'real' stories from Cherokee culture and not just interpretations.

Connie Regan-Blake, storyteller

Synopsis:

Six celebrated Eastern Cherokee storytellers present 72 traditional and contemporary tales, including animal stories, ghost stories, histories, and legends. The first major collection of Cherokee stories in nearly a century.

About the Author

Barbara R. Duncan is Education Director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina, and coauthor of Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Joyce Conseen Dugan

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Kathi Smith Littlejohn

The Origin of Legends

The Bird with Big Feet

Me-Li and the Mud Dauber

How the World Was Made

The Origin of the Pileated Woodpecker

The Playing Boys—the Pleiades

Why the Turtle's Shell Is Cracked

Why the Mole Lives Underground

How the Possum Lost His Beautiful Tail

Getting Fire

First Man and First Woman

The Valley of the Butterflies

Spearfinger

The Birds and Animals Stickball Game

The Cherokee Little People

Nunnehi, the Gentle People

Davey Arch

Grandpa and the Turtle

The Rattlesnake in the Corn

Big Snakes

The Old Man and the Birds

The Brave, the Mighty Warrior

The Strange Husband (The Owl Man)

Legends of the Uk'tena

Removal

War

Women

Cities of Refuge

The Origin of Strawberries

How the Possum Lost His Tail

Growing Up in Cherokee

Jeannie and the Booger

Grandpa and Grandma

Edna Chekelelee

Cherokee Language

The Trees Are Alive

Mother Earth's Spring Dress

The Deer

Jesus before Columbus Time

The Legend of the Corn Beads

Santeetlah Ghost Story

Storytelling

Elders on the Mountains

The Quail Dance

Feathers

The Indian Preacher

The Trail of Tears Basket

Robert Bushyhead

The Cherokee Language

Medicine Stories

The First Time I Saw a White Person—Mrs. Lee

Yonder Mountain

Sequoyah

Formula against Screech Owls and Tskilis

The Hunter and Thunder

The Little People and the Nunnehi

Marie Junaluska

The Origin of the Milky Way

Freeman Owle

Introduction to the Nantahala Hiking Club Gathering

The Nikwasi Mound

Medicine and the Wolf Clan

The Earth

The Magic Lake

Going to Water

The Daughter of the Sun

How the Possum Lost His Tail

Storytelling

The Turtle and the Beaver

The Turtle and the Raccoon—Stealing Beauty

The Trail of Tears

The Origin of Strawberries

Corn Woman Spirit

Ganadi, the Great Hunter, and the Wild Boy

The Story of the Bat

The Removed Townhouses

Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807847190
Editor:
Duncan, Barbara R.
Author:
Arch, Davey
Editor:
Duncan, Barbara R.
Author:
Duncan, Barbara R.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Storytelling
Subject:
Storytellers -- North Carolina.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Native American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; legends; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina; animal stories; creation myths; ghost stories; family tales; Trail of Tears; storytelling; oral poetics; with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert B
Subject:
Folklore and Folklife
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina
Subject:
Animal stories
Subject:
creation myths
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
family tales
Subject:
Trail of Tears
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
oral poetics
Subject:
with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
with sto
Subject:
ries told by Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle
Subject:
with stories told by Davey Arch, Robert
Subject:
Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 272 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807847190 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Will have a profound influence on future publications of collections of oral history as well as those of contemporary storytellers.

Thomas Rain Crowe, Wild Mountain Times Don't vacation in the Cherokee country without first dipping into this fine book.

Fayetteville Observer-Times It's much more than a guidebook; this is part of our history.

New Orleans Times-Picayune You can almost smell the wood smoke and see the flickering firelight on the walls.

Highlander [P]rovides the 'real' stories from Cherokee culture and not just interpretations.

Connie Regan-Blake, storyteller

"Synopsis" by , Six celebrated Eastern Cherokee storytellers present 72 traditional and contemporary tales, including animal stories, ghost stories, histories, and legends. The first major collection of Cherokee stories in nearly a century.
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