The Cherokee are a Native American group that populate areas beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Today the Cherokee tribe flourishes with more than 285,000 people, being the second largest Indian tribe in the United States (according to the 2010 census). Their history contains numerous important historical events and their world over time has changed due to European settlement, wars, and other events but their culture and religion still has a significant role in their lives.
The Cherokee religion is a big part of their life, focuses on maintaining balance in the world. They believe that Earth is a large hanging disc of water suspended by four cords and has a large island in the center. These four cords are north, east, south, and west which …show more content…
The Cherokee often consulted the guidance of the Upper World spirits and to celebrate and communicate with them, they held festivals and rituals. They believed that festivals and rituals were the way to have peace and order on Earth. Many festivals have key factors in common, for example most festivals, including the First Moon Festival of the Spring and Friends Made Ceremony, all have a part in the ceremony where they all cleanse the impurities away with water down in the river. Another significant pattern in the ceremony that most ceremonies have in common was that they all had activities such as stickball, music, dancing, cooking and hunting. These festivals focused on feasting which usually came after fasting that was involved in most festivals. Even though these ceremonies had parts in common all the ceremonies were unique and different in their own way. But religion isn’t the only significant thing that impacted …show more content…
The Europeans came to America for many reasons but the biggest was wealth. One thing they brought with them was smallpox which had disastrous effects because the Cherokee’s immune system was never introduced to the disease. The medicine men were incapable of finding a cure so they went to the traditional purification treatment, sitting in sweat houses before wading in the chilling streams. This treatment only increased the number of deaths which was around 7,000 to 10,000 Cherokees. The Cherokees tribe suffered heavy losses due to the illness and at the end nearly half of the tribe was dead. The Cherokee at first made land cessions to the Europeans in 1721 and 1755 but soon the British colonist wanted more land after the French and Indian war when they no longer needed the Cherokees. The Cherokee gave around 50,000 square miles of land in the end, including upper-half of their hunting grounds and most of what is now Kentucky. Not only the Europeans brought illnesses, they took land and made the involuntary Cherokees into the Revolutionary
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On July 17, 1830, the Cherokee nation published an appeal to all of the American people. United States government paid little thought to the Native Americans’ previous letters of their concerns. It came to the point where they turned to the everyday people to help them. They were desperate. Their withdrawal of their homeland was being caused by Andrew Jackson signing the Indian Removal Act into law on May 28, 1830.
For centuries after Columbus first landed in the New World, the arrival of European settlers impacted the lives of American Indians so immensely that their presence forever altered the landscape of the New World. The Europeans brought with them deadly germs and diseases—malaria, smallpox, and yellow fever—from which American Indians had no natural immunities, that decimated Indian populations. Additionally, they embarked on an aggressive quest for land—an encounter that led to many American Indian populations either being destroyed, dissolved or forced further and further west off of their ancestral lands. In response to such aggression, American Indians had limited choices: resist, submit, flee, or in rare cases, assimilate. The choices they
Being one of the more “advanced” tribes, the Cherokee thought early about making sure they could do everything possible to create preventative measures against having their land taken away. Before there was a more serious federal discussion on removing the tribe, they were working hard to becoming a more “civilized” group of people to become more accepted by regular Americans and to better themselves. In order to both help their case and further the process of becoming civilized, they set up a constitution which closely resembled that of the US Constitution. In the Cherokee Constitution, it allowed them to set up an actual border around their territory and set up a government, both which were signs of earlier resistance against their removal
Bridgette Adesuwa Omon Olumhense DBQ #2 The time period between 1789 and the mid 1830’s was quite ambiguous. With the British gone and the United States now in her building stages, an attiude needed to be taken towards the Native Americans, specifically the Cherokee Indians. The administrations before Jackson treated the Cherokee Indians with a somewhat docile, amiable hand, however much was left to be desired on the side of the United States. Many did not want to share the newly freed land with those that were not their own. Underneath the façade of friendship was manipulation, guarded ethnocentrism and racism.
In 1700 the americans took over the land that the cherokee indians were living on. The trail of tears caused many lives. The trail of tears is an event that we will always remember. In 1700 after the Americans had won the war, Andrew Jackson was the president.
To become strong, people would have to learn how to become one and work together. Throughout the United States, there is a group of American Indians called Chippewa and they are a unique group of American Indians and they hold a unique story behind them. The Chippewa tribe was one of the original group from the time of development in the New World ("Chippewa Indians." Ohio). The tribe of Indians is very large, but now they are scattered throughout the United States. The two main locations that they mostly are in and had influenced most are up north near Canada and west of the United States ("Chippewa Indians."
In the late 1830’s, where the United States was growing rapidly, whites faced an obstacle while trying to settle in the South. This area of land was home of the Cherokee and other Indian tribes. The Cherokee Indians signed treaties hoping that white settlers would not come for their land. Prompted by the state of Georgia along with the president, Andrew Jackson, whom did not like Indians, expelled the Cherokee Indians from their homeland. Cherokee’s pleas to Georgia and the Supreme Court did little to stop their removal.
The Cherokee, a small tribe of Indians, has been forced to move from their homeland after John Ridge met secretly US official to sign a removal treaty for the selling of Cherokee’s land. Ridge and almost 2000 Cherokee migrated to Oklahoma while the vast majority of the population ignored the illegal treaty and remained on their lands. When the deadline of removal past, the general Winfield Scoot arrived in Georgia with seven thousand soldiers with the orders to remove the Cherokee. And this action was the decline of the Cherokee. After reading the book about writing by John Ehle about the Cherokee nation, we can try to analyze the impact of this removal in the Cherokee’s live.
The Cherokee Removal The Americans of European ancestry often have described Native Americans as primitive, savage, and even and uncivilized. In this this paper I will provide primary evidence that supports what the Americans believed about the Natives, along with their few false accusations. I will also discuss how the Cherokee removal affected the natives during their journey along with afterwards. Before the removal was enforced, an upper class Cherokee, son of a warrior, John Ridge gave details on the Cherokee nation and how they are changing their lifestyles because of Americans.
Ranging from the south Alleghenies mountain range all the way down to the south of Georgia and far west of Alabama, lived the Cherokee Indians. They were a powerful detached tribe of the Iroquoian family and were commonly called Tsaragi which translates into "cave people. " This tribe was very prominent in what is now called the U.S, but over time has been split up or run out of their land because of social or political encounters with the new settlers from Europe. Despite the dispersion or the split amongst this tribe, they still obtained their core religious beliefs, practices and ceremonies. Their detailed belief system, fundamental beliefs, significant meanings, and their connection to song and dance make up their religious system.
During the many days of traveling, the Cherokee faced severe weather conditions such as heat and a prolonged drought. During the long march, thousands of Cherokee children, women, and men died. Diseases were spread quickly. The sanitation was horrible, that was some of the ways you could get diseases, and another way you could get diseases was from bug bites. Over four thousand people died from diseases on the way to the settlement.
A predominant Native American country, the Cherokee controlled unfathomable domains spreading transversely over Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. The Cherokee were clever people who regarded nature and utilized all aspects of a creature after a killing, yet they were additionally superstitious. Deep-rooted techniques joined with community old stories and polytheistic religion prompted a profoundly novel arrangement of hunting traditions/rituals among the Cherokee. At the point when young men wished to be hunters they needed to converse with the minister, who was responsible for preparing them.
The Cherokee, also known as the Tsalagi, are one of the indigenous peoples of the Southeast. The word Cherokee comes from the name Choctaw which means ‘those who live in the mountains’. They inhabited Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee. The Cherokee were a fascinating tribe with intriguing aspects to their culture.
The European conquerors had built up an immunity to certain diseases that were common in Europe. Some of the diseases that decimated the Indian population included the following: smallpox, measles, influenza, typhus, and the bubonic plague. Centuries of living near livestock had basically inoculated the European settlers against these diseases. However the Indians were not used to such diseases, resulting in a dramatic decline in the Native American population. According to Diamond, smallpox was a major role in the domination of the Americas by the Europeans.