The Cherokee Indians

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The Cherokee Indians were one of the four civilized tribes in the United States during colonial times. The Cherokee people were interested in the white men and their ways, and even using some of the new men?s ways.

The Cherokee played an important role in Colonial American history with help from Sequoyah and learning the ways of white men.

The Cherokee were originally located in the southeast United States. This area included: the western sides of the Carolinas, the northern parts of Georgia and Alabama, southwest Virginia, and the Cumberland Basin.

Around 1781 the Cherokee population was around 25,000. They had just lost around half of their population due to smallpox and other diseases. The... View More »

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The Cherokee would never be wasteful(Mails 59).

All of the Cherokee?s weapons and tools were made themselves from plants, animals, and other natural things such as rocks and minerals. This lasted until tools and weapons were available from the white men.

The most commonly used weapon was the bow and arrow. Other weapons were the stone ax and club. Many of the children had blowguns for toys as well as a weapon. The Cherokee children were not allowed to go on the large hunts, but only by themselves(Brown 51).

These weapons were still used after guns were available in many towns. Some areas, however, were heavily hunted by the white men and the amount of game on some of the Cherokee land was reduced. In these areas guns were used instead of the traditional weapons(Sultzman 2).

Men who did not hold special rank or position wore belted skin robes fashioned from the hides of bear, deer, otter, beaver, and mountain lion. In the winter they also wore moccasins made of beaver skins. All of the men except some priests shaved all of their heads leaving only a small roachlike section.

The women wore short and sleeveless deerskin dresses which were sewn together with fishbone needles. The dresses belted at the waist. The women were also allowed to weave beads and feathers into the dresses. They also wore deerskin moccasins that were like half boots.

The younger children wore nothing during the summer months, and only skin robes and fur-lined moccasins in the winter. Older children wore cloth or animal-skin skirts(Mails 47-9).
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