Rabbit Plants the Forest is an adventure story picture book based on characters from Cherokee tradition, including Ji-Stu (Rabbit) and his friends Otter, Sa-lo-li (Squirrel), and the mysterious Wampus Cat. Ji-Stu, the Messenger for all the animals, is asked by Otter to tell Sa-lo-li it is a good day to plant. Much to his delight, Ji-Stu is invited to help Sa-lo-li plant the hickory nuts, walnuts, pecans, and acorns that will become new trees, keeping the forest thick and beautiful. Ji-Stu and Sa-lo-li only laugh when the elderly squirrel White Oak warns them to watch out for Wampus Cat.
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing is a lyrical picture book about the importance of literacy to the Cherokee Nation. This story explains how the important contribution of Sequoyah (c.1767 - 1843), developed through trial and error, resulted in the Cherokee writing system. Despite many obstacles, Sequoyah constructed an alphabet unique to the Cherokee language so that his people could read and write. In this bilingual read aloud book, the author explains how Sequoyah developed 84 symbols for sounds found in Cherokee.
Cherokee storyteller and illustrator combine their talents to create another picture book title in the Grandmother Stories series. All titles are based on traditional Cherokee legends. In this book, Deborah Duvall takes the essence of two legends to weave a story about Rabbit and his efforts to sing just as well as Redbird. In his rush to sing just like the amazing bird, Rabbit gets a lesson about appreciating his own talents. He runs into problems with Wolf and his pack.
Established by the Cherokee Nation in 1851 in present-day eastern Oklahoma, the nondenominaional Cherokee Female Seminary was one of the most important schools in the history of American Indian education. Devon Mihesuah explores its curriculum, faculty, administration, and educational philosophy.
Cherokee storyteller and illustrator combine their talents to create another title in the Grandmother Stories series. All titles are based on traditional Cherokee legends. In this picture book, Deborah Duvall takes the essence of a traditional legend and modifies the ending to weave a story about the proud Opossum and his incessant bragging. This Opossum in times gone by had a magnificent tale. He is so proud of the tail that his bragging begins to annoy his friends. Opossum learns a lesson about bragging in this revised conclusion as the author has softened the ending for younger readers.
The Cherokee is a children's book for grades four to seven about the history and culture of the Cherokee from the Indians of the Americas series published by Franklin Watts. Author Liz Sonneborn retells a brief version of the Cherokee creation story but refers to it as a tale. She does include the term Cherokee People use to refer to themselves and discusses their traditional homeland in the American Southeast. The first chapter covers their traditional culture only briefly and describes the Green Corn ceremony as a great feast to celebrate the new year.
Beyond the Covenant Chain: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800, offers papers by various ethnologists and archaeologists who work to dispel the academic myth of an Iroquois empire. The work of De Witt Clinton proposed that the Iroquois were the Romans of the Western world and this theory is now criticized by scholars. Contributors include Douglas W. Boyce, Mary A. Druke-Becker, Richard L. Haan, Francis Jennings, Michael N. McConnell, Theda Perdue, and Neal Salisbury. First paper edition of 1987 Syracuse University Press title.
Dreadful Water is a mystery novel originally written by Thomas King under the pen name, Hartley GoodWeather, republished in 2017 with King as the author. After contributing several Native literary anthologies as well as novels and children's books, King has taken the plunge by writing a murder mystery set on an American reservation somewhere in the Northwest. The main character is a former California cop whose Cherokee ancestry is a minor point.