Myths Of The Cherokee

Myths Of The Cherokee – James Mooney

Mooney’s book contains a fine selection of the best-known Cherokee myths and folkloristic tales. The various texts are divided into the following sections:

Cosmogonic Myths
Quadruped Myths
Bird Myths
Snake, Fish & Insect Myths
Wonder Stories
Historical Traditions
Miscellaneous Myths

Myths Of The Cherokee

Myths Of The Cherokee

Format: Paperback.

Myths Of The Cherokee.

ISBN: 9783849678241


Basics on the Cherokees (from

The Cherokee are an indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands. Prior to the 18th century, they were concentrated in southwestern North Carolina, southeastern Tennessee, and the tips of western South Carolina and northeastern Georgia. The Cherokee language is a Southern Iroquoian language and part of the Iroquoian language family. Today there are three federally recognized Cherokee tribes: the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation, also in Oklahoma.

By the 19th century, European settlers in the United States classified the Cherokee of the Southeast as one of the “Five Civilized Tribes,” because they were agrarian and lived in permanent villages and began to adopt some cultural and technological practices of the European American settlers. The Cherokee were one of the first, if not the first, major non-European ethnic group to become U.S. citizens. Article 8 in the 1817 treaty with the Cherokee stated Cherokees may wish to become citizens of the United States.

The Cherokee Nation has more than 300,000 tribal members, making it the largest of the 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States. In addition, numerous groups claim Cherokee lineage, and some of these are state-recognized. A total of 819,000-plus people claim having Cherokee ancestry on the US census, which includes persons who are not enrolled members of any tribe.

Of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes, the Cherokee Nation (CN) and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) have headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The UKB are mostly descendants of “Old Settlers,” Cherokee who migrated to Arkansas and Oklahoma about 1817 prior to Indian Removal. They are related to the Cherokee who were later forcibly relocated there in the 1830s under the Indian Removal Act. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is on the Qualla Boundary in western North Carolina; their ancestors resisted or avoided relocation, remaining in the area.


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