Cherokee PINS Booklist

The volunteer staff members of the Cherokee PINS Foundation have compiled a list of what they consider to be essential reading for anyone interested in the Cherokee experience.

This diverse array of compelling reads will stick with you long after you've put the books back on your shelf.

The Cherokee Indian Nation: A Troubled History edited by Duane H. King

Trail of Tears (Landmarks of the American Mosaic) by Dr. Julia Coates

The Cherokee People: The Story of the Cherokees from Earliest Origins to Contemporary Times by Thomas E. Mails
The Cherokee Nation: A History by Robert J. Conley
  The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People's Perseverance By Ellen Cushman
Fiction, "Thirteen Moons" by Charles Frazier
Myths of the Cherokee: Illustrated Edition by James Mooney
Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (Indians of the Southeast) by Theda Perdue
A classic: History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folklore by Emmet Starr
Cherokee Hardcover by David G Fitzgerald
The Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole (Civilization of the American Indian) by Grant Foreman
The Cherokees: A Population History (Indians of the Southeast) by Russell Thornton
Building One Fire: Art and World View in Cherokee Life Hardcover by Chief Chad Corntassel Smith
The Payne-Butrick Papers, Volumes 4, 5, 6, edited by William L. Anderson, Jane L. Brown, and Anne F. Rogers, University of Nebraska

Journal of Cherokee Studies

Volume 1 No. 1:  Articles include:  “The Death of John Walker, Jr.: Political Assassination or Personal Vengeance?” by Duane H. King and E. Raymond Evans; “The Cherokee Cause” by John Howard Payne; “A Powder Horn Commemorating the Grant Expedition” by Duane H. King; “Ostenaca” by E. Raymond Evans; “The Cherokee Story-Teller: The Ustahli Myth” by Laura H. King; “On the Shortness of Human Life” by John Ridge; “ History of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian” by Duane H. King.       OUT OF PRINT

Volume 1 No. 2:  Articles Include: “Creek Path Mission” by Mary Alves Higginbotham; “A Pre-Citizenship Certificate of Educational Competency” by Dawnena Walkingstick; “Cherokee Bows” by Duane H. King; “Notable Persons in Cherokee History: Bob Benge” by E. Raymond Evans; “Benge’s Axe” by Duane H. King; “The Cherokee Story-Teller: The Trickster Turtle” by Laura H. King; “Long Island of the Holston: Sacred Cherokee Ground” by Duane H. King; “Cherokee Reply to the Commissioners of North Carolina and Virginia, 1777” by Corn Tassel (Translation by William Tatum).

Volume 2 No. 2:  “Captivity Narrative” by Joseph Brown; “Lessons in Cherokee Ethnology from the Captivity of Joseph Brown, 1788-1789” by Duane H. King; “Notable Persons in Cherokee History: Stephen Foreman” by E. Raymond Evans; “The Merger of Apaches with Eastern Cherokees: Qualla in 1893” by Walter L. Williams; “The Cherokee Story-Teller: The Red and Green Crayfish” by Laura King; “Cherokee Indian Use of Potherbs” by John Witthoft; “Fort Marr Blockhouse: Last Evidence of America’s First Concentration Camps” by E. Raymond Evans.   OUT OF PRINT

Volume 2 No. 3:  Articles include: “Historic Documentation of the Grant Expedition Against the Cherokees, 1761” by E. Raymond Evans and Duane H. King; “Journal of An Expedition to South Carolina” by Captain Christopher French; “Order Book of the Grant Expedition” by Major Alexander Monypenny; “Diary of March 20-May 31, 1761” by Major Alexander Monypenny; “Sowing Tares of Hate” by Lieutenant Francis Marion.

Volume 2 No. 4:  “The Councils at Red Clay Council Ground, Bradley County, Tennessee, 1832-1837” by William R. Snell; “The Trial of Samuel Austin Worcester” by John Hutchins; “Cherokee Rhetoric: A Forceful Weapon” by William Strickland; “Notable Persons in Cherokee History: Sequoyah or George Gist” by Major George Lowery (with an introduction and transcription by John Howard Payne; “Highways to Progress: Nineteenth Century Roads in the Cherokee Nation” by E. Raymond Evans; “Who Really Discovered the Cherokee-Iroquois Linguistic Relationship” by Duane H. King.

Volume 3 No. 1:  Articles include: “Notable Persons in Cherokee History: Attakullakulla” by James C. Kelly; “Conscience of Duty: General John E. Wool’s Dilemma with Cherokee Removal” by James F. Corn; “Cherokee Classificatory Verbs” by Duane H. King; “The Cherokee Storyteller: the Deer’s Blunt Teeth” by Laura H. King; “The Battle of Lookout Mountain: an Eyewitness Account” by George Christian (edited by E. Raymond Evans); “The Counsel of Caleb Starr” by Jim Stokely.

Volume 4 No. 3:  Articles include: “Stylistic Similarities in Cherokee and Iroquois Music” by Charlotte Heth; “Candy’s Creek Mission Station” by William Snell.

Volume 5 No. 1:  Articles include: “The Macintosh Family Among the Cherokees” by Janet and David G. Campbell; “The North Carolina Cherokees, 1838-1866: ‘Traditionalism, Progressivism and the Affirmation of State Citizenship” by John R. Finger; “Was the Last Battle of the American Revolution Fought on Lookout Mountain?” by E. Raymond Evans; “Rebecca Youngbird: An Independent Cherokee Potter” by Thomas J. Blumer.

Volume 5 No. 2:  Articles include: “The Conjuror in Eastern Cherokee Society” by Raymond D. Fogelson; “Self and Other in Cherokee Booger Masks” by Raymond D. Fogelson and Amelia B. Walker.

Volume 6 No. 2:  Articles include: “Jedidiah Morse’s Report to the Secretary of War on Cherokee Indian Affairs in 1822” edited by E. Raymond Evans; “John Ridge on Cherokee Civilization in 1826” edited by William C. Sturtevant; “Cherokee Participation in the Political Impact of the North American Indian” by Janet and David G. Campbell.

Volume 7 No. 1:  A Tribute to James Mooney, Cherokee Ethnologist”.

Volume 7 No: 2:  Articles include: “Remarks of Mr. Thomas, of Jackson” by George E. Frizzell; “Remembering Removal, 1867” by Theda Perdue; “Stature of Adult Cherokee Indians During the Eighteenth Century” by Douglas W. Owsley and Helen L. O’Brien; “Cranial Deformation–A Cultural Practice of the Eighteenth Century Overhill Cherokees” by Douglas W. Owsley and Bryan L. Guevin; “Culturally Induced Dental Alterations in a Historic Cherokee Skeletal Sample” by Douglas W. Owsley and David T. Bellande; “The Wolf Clan” by Janet and David G. Campbell; “Cherokee Little People Reconsidered” by Raymond D. Fogelson; “A Western Cherokee Decoration Day Song” by Willard Walker.

Volume 8 No. 1:  Articles include: “Elias Boudinot, Elisha Bates, and Poor Sarah: Frontier Protestantism and the Emergence of the First Native American Fiction” by Andrew Wiget; “Redbird Smith and Nighthawk Keetoowahs” by Janey B. Hendrix; “The ‘Harmony Ethic’ of the Conservative Eastern Cherokees: A Religious Interpretation; “The Green Corn Ceremony of the Eastern Cherokees” by Ruth Y. Wetmore.

Volume 8 No. 2:  Articles include: “Cherokee Beliefs Concerning Death” by John Witthoft; “Redbird Smith and the Nighthawk Keetoowahs” by Janey B. Hendrix; “Symbolic Structure and Political Change in Cherokee Society” by Duane Champagne; “Christian Priber–Prime Minister to the Cherokee Indians” by M. Foster Farley.

Volume 9 No. 1:  Articles include: “Palisot de Beauvois and Cherokee Snakebite Remedies” by William L. Anderson; “Williams Island: A Source of Significant Material in the Collections of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian” by Raymond Evans and Vicky Karhu; “The Mexican Cherokees and the Kickapoo of Nacimiento, Mexico: A Previously Unreported Relationship” by William Pulte and Kathy Altom; “Adoption of Whites by 18th Century Cherokees” by William E. McGoun.

Volume 9 No. 2:  Articles include: “Literacy Among the Cherokee in the Early Nineteenth Century” by Carmeleta L. Monteith; “The Sequoyah Indian Weavers Association” by Cinda K. R. Baldwin; “The Story of My Life as Far Back as I Can Remember” as written by Aggie Ross Lossiah (edited by Joan Greene); “Humor and the Cherokee Spirit” by Janey B. Hendrix.

Volume 10 No. 1:  Articles include: “An Illustrated Souvenir Catalog of the Cherokee National Female Seminary, Tahlequah, Indian Territory, 1850-1906.

Volume 10 No. 2:  Articles include: “Civilize the Indian: Government Policies, Quakers, and Cherokee Education” by Joan Greene; “The Five Civilized Tribes and the Beginning of the Civil War” by William H. Graves; “Removal: A Foundation for the Formation of Federalized Indian Policy” by James R. Christianson.

Volume 12:  Articles include: “Memorial of John Ross and Others” with an Introduction by Duane King.

Volume 15:  Articles include: “Institutional and Cultural Order in Early Cherokee Society: A Sociological Interpretation” by Duane Champagne; “Nativistic Movements Among the Cherokees in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” by Katja May; “The Cherokee Gold Lottery and Georgia’s Gubernatorial Campaign of 1831” by David Williams.

Volume 16:  Articles include: “The Journal of George Pawley’s 1746 Agency to the Cherokee” by T.F. Brewer and J. Baillie; “Sophia Sawyer, Native American Advocate: A Case Study in Nineteenth Century Cherokee Education” by Kimberly C. Macenczak; “Mountain Politics: What Happens If the Wrong Party Wins?” by Linda Parramore Culpepper.

Volume 17:  Articles include: “The High Price of Trade: Anglo-Indian Trade Mistakes and the Fort Loudoun Disaster” by Michael Morris; “Notable Persons in Cherokee History: Charles Hicks” by Rowena McClinton Ruff; “Silas Dinsmoor and The Cherokees: An Examination of One Agent of Change” by Cletus F. Fortwendel, Jr.

Volume 18:  Antiquities of the Cherokee Indians. Articles include Different Voices Together: Preservation and Acculturation in Early 19th Century Cherokee Religion by Lee Irwin and Antiquities of the Cherokee Indians from the Collection of Reverend Daniel Sabin Buttrick. Published 1997.

Volume 19:  Articles include: Burning Beds, Spinning Wheels, and Calico Dresses by Carol Johnston and Two Versions of Cherokee Traditional Dances Compared by Olivia S. Rivers. Published 1998.

Volume 20:  Articles include: Archaeological Perspectives on Gender and Women in Traditional Cherokee Society by Christopher B. Rodnig; Steadfast and Changing: The Apparent Paradox of Cherokee Kinship by Jane L. Brown; East is East and West is West: Cherokee Women After Removal by Sarah H. Hill. Published 1999.

Volume 21:   Special Issue. The Diary of Lt. John Phelps, Edited and Annotated by Sarah H. Hill. Published 2000.

Volume 22:  Articles include: A Portrait of Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla from the 1730s, A Discussion of William Verelst’s “Trustees of Georgia” Painting by Donald N. Panther-Yates; Cherokees and Congregationalists vs. Georgia and Andrew Jackson: The Attempt to Prevent the Trail of Tears by David R. Kimberly. Published 2001.

Volume 23:   Articles include: Gili, The Dog in Cherokee Thought by Carrie A. McLachlan and The Quallatown Cherokees in the 1840s: Accounts of their Condition and Lives by George E. Frizzell. Published 2002.

Volume 24:  Articles Include: “William Holland Thomas: A Man for All Seasons” by E. Stanley Godbold, Jr.; “One Little, Two Little, Three Little White Men Or Another White Chief” by William L. Anderson; “Will Thomas, Tsali & Tsali’s Rock” by George Ellison; “Political Partisans in Western North Carolina: The Rivalry of Zebulon Baird Vance and William Holland Thomas” by Gordon B. McKinney; and “Will Thomas Slept Here” by Jane Gibson Nardy. Published 2005.

Volume 25:   “Lucy Ames Butler, Letter to Drusilla Burnap, January 2, 1839” by Joseph Frankovic & Kevin T. Barksdale. “The Humors in the Cherokee Ethnomedical System” by David Cozzo.  Published October, 2007

Volume 26:  “Historical Relation of the Facts” by Ludovic Grant; “Manners and Customs of the Cherokees” by Charles R. Hicks; “Memoir of John Arch” compiled from Communications of Missionaries in the Cherokee Nation; “A Civil War Parole Signed at Waynesville” by Henry Liner of the Thomas Legion. Published December, 2008.

Volume 27:  “Poison in the Tooth: Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century Accounts of Cherokee Snakebite Remedies” by David Cozzo; “Illuminating Cherokee Removal Again: Lucy Ames Butler to Harriet Nason Howe, December 20, 1838” by C.S. Monholland and Nancy Morgan; “A Reevaluation of Sequoyah’s Final Trip” by Robert J. Conley. Published February, 2010.

Volume 28:  “Sam Houston: A Cultural Broker for the Cherokees” by Julia Anne Sweet; “Shedding their Blood in Vain: Cherokee Challenges after the Redstick War” by Susan M. Abram. Published February 2011.

Volume 29: “The ancient customs of their fathers: Cherokee Generational Townhouse Politics of mid-19th Century Western North Carolina” by Tyler Howe; Selections from “Letters from the Alleghant Mountains” by Charles Lanman; “Account of the Cherokee Schools” by Gen. Calvin Jones. 2012.

Volume 30:  “Interviews with Helen Arch, Albert Bradley, Amanda Crowe, Wayne Hornbuckle, Amy Earnestine Grant Walker, and Jerry Wolfe.

Volume 31:  “The Diary of William Holland Thomas, January 1, 1844 – July 12, 1845.

Volume 32: “‘You a white man and knows trading, nott that alone but can write and make the paper speake’: Revisiting Alexander Longe” by Ian Chambers; “Considerable Capacity for Self-Deception; Robert Anderson Letter, Cherokee Agency August 28, 1838” by C. S. Monholland and Nancy Morgan; “James Price Evans and Walter Noel Evans: Contributors and Preservers of Cherokee Culture” by William L. Anderson.

Volume 33: The Arrest of David Vann by the Georgia Guard in 1831, The Boys, Daughter of the Sun, Notes from the Archives, Book Review: Cherokee Hymnbook: New Edition

Volume 34: Charles George Biography, The Charles George Memorial Project Diary, William Holland Thomas and the Myth of the White Chief, Cloud Maker Poem, Tsalagi Giniwonihisdi Poem, Notes from the Archives, In Memoriam: Duane King

Volume 35:  Snowbird Journal: The Legacy of Snowbird Day School, Indigitizing Cherokee History, Remarks from 2018 Snowbird Day School Reunion, Cherokee Language at Snowbird Day School, Some Cherokee Language of the Interview Process, Oral History Excerpts of  Life at the Snowbird Day School, Community School, Community Garden: Agricultural Education at Snowbird Day School, The Closing with Lou Jackson, Dutiyi to Snowbird: Education, Assimilation and Integration at Snowbird Day School, Phasing out With Tom Carpenter

Volume 36:  Jerry Wolfe – in process