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American Indian Culture: The Cherokee War of East Texas 1839-now. Nov. 2008. Web July 2010.
This YouTube video represents the Cherokee War of East Texas in 1839 in a way that connects all of the East Texas tribes to the history of Texas. The history is shared through pictures of the war trail and music that reflects this time in history. The Indians of East Texas bands play a big part in the history of Texas by the way they were being forced out of Texas when president of the Republic, Lamar, refused to keep the treaty by General Sam Houston (adopted by the Cherokees through marriage) in 1836. Bowles respected the wishes of his people to fight against their removal from Texas. This decision brought on the Cherokee War of East Texas. This video depicts the courage and bravery of the Cherokee tribes and their chief, Bowles as he led this war against their removal from Texas. The illustrations are that of real-time photos during that time period and pictures taken of monuments on the war trail as well as pictures of East Texas sunsets today.

The Cherokee Indians - Book Jacket

Claro, Nicole. The Cherokee Indians. 1992. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. $20.85 (978-0791016527)
This book provides a clearly written, well organized summary of the history of the Cherokee, and how their way of life changed through the forced civilization movement. Readers are given a glimpse of how life was in the West for the Cherokees and the impact of European influence upon their traditions. The author also gives readers a look at the more contemporary aspect of the Cherokee people. A timeline and glossary are included along with pictures of various artifacts.

The Texas Cherokees: A People Between Two Fights 1819-1840 - Book Jacket

Everett, Dianna. Texas Cherokees: A People Between Two Fights 1819-1840. 1995 . Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. $18.85 (080612296X)
The only book written specifically about the Cherokees of Texas, this book looks at the people who were led by Chief Duwali as they separated from the Western Cherokee in 1819-1820. The book reveals how the Cherokee struggled with keeping their traditional way of life while living in Texas and trying to accommodate the new white settlers to the area. The book includes an extended bibliography for further research.

The Trail of Tears - DVD Cover

Heape, Steven R., and Chip Richie. The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy. 2006. 115 mins. Rich-Heape films, Inc. $28.99. (B000ELJ3E4)

The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy is rated G and is loaded with history that is comprehensible for those learning about the history of the Cherokee tribes and how they were forced from their land. It is a heart gripping documentary that helps a person from a different culture understand the hurt and anguish that has brought the legacy of the Cherokee tribe where it is today. This movie has gained the approval of both,the Cherokee Nation and the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians.

Trail of Tears Webquest

Johnson, Larry, and Annette Lamb. 42Explore Topic: Trail of Tears. October 2001. Web. July 2010.
An awesome site that provides students with the experience of using skills to research, gather, synthesize, evaluate and use information. This site is a WebQuest used for classroom instruction along with study of American Indians or the Cherokee tribe. 42Explore provides links to resources that are needed to obtain information for the lesson. It provides students with tasks that need to be completed. There are five tasks at hand and students are instructed to pick one of the tasks to complete, following the directions provided. The Web publisher(s) designed the lessons on a scale from easy projects to more difficult ones, depending on the capabilities of the students. There is also “words 2 explore” on this site that provides meanings to vocabulary words that students may not know during their study. This site was created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson in October 2002. This WebQuest can be used as a navigation tool for learning about the Cherokee people in Texas.

Flag of the state of Texas
Flag of the state of Texas

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Moore, Edward. Texas Indians: Texas Cherokee. 2003.Web. July 2010
The Texas Indians-Cherokee Website is complete with solid information from the history of the Cherokee tribe to books that have been written about General Sam Houston, who was adopted by a Cherokee tribe; it has become known as his biography. The publisher of this site, Edward Moore, is an archeologist from Texas who is Cherokee. He is not a registered Cherokee, but his Grandmother was a Cherokee and lived in Oklahoma. Through his knowledge of the Cherokee tribe, he shares a lot about the importance of the Cherokee tribe in Texas’s history.Moore provides the reader with pictures of a modern Cherokee woman with baskets and a game being played by Cherokees in the Smokey Mountains in the east.The information on this site corresponds with information found in the War of East Texas Website. Moore provides younger readers with information about the time period when segregation existed and how it affected many different cultures during that time period. The site offers a CD for students that cannot get online and teacher resources including TEKS correlation to lessons. Moore also provides paths to learning about many other tribes in Texas history, a great learning tool for kids.
It was last edited and copyrighted in 2003, but I feel the information on this site is valid.


Oklahoma Historical Society-Webpage

Oklahoma Historical Society’s:The Chronicles of Oklahoma. 2001. Web. July 2010. The Chronicles of Oklahoma Historical Society provides the reader with page after page of documented historical events that took place as far back as the 1800s. Through the use of a digital library, this site provides information covering the time period in which the Cherokee tribe(s) entered Texas to include information on the death of Bowles (Cherokee chief) in 1839. In searching through the index, I located an article on the Cherokee alphabet titled, The Paternity of Sequoya: The Inventor of Cherokee Alphabet by Albert V. Goodpasture dated in 1921.The Chronicles of Oklahoma is a wonderful resource site. I find this to be a reputable site to obtain research information.

How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Trickster Stories - Book Jacket

Ross, Gayle. How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Trickster Stories. Illus. by Murv Jacob. 1994. 79p. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. $17.00 (978-0060212858)

This collection of trickster tales has been gathered by Cherokee descendant and storyteller, Gayle Ross, and illustrated by Kentucky Cherokee artist, Murv Jacob. The foreword in the book, written by Chief Wilma Mankiller, Chief Principal of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995, describes the Cherokee oral tradition of storytelling that includes Rabbit, the trickster-hero.

Two Wolves - YouTube Video

Stu, Pappy. Two Wolves. March 2010. Web. July 2010
This YouTube video is an example of the digital storytelling format that students may choose to follow for their final project. Pappy Stu does a wonderful job using inflection in his voice to tell the Cherokee story of “Two Wolves.” The pictures, background music, and sound effects in the video add to the story and help to move the story along.

The Cherokee: A Proud People - Book Jacket

Tapper, Suzanne Cloud. The Cherokee: A Proud People. 2005. Berkely Heights, NJ: Enlow Elementary. $17.95 (978-0766024540)

This clearly written text compares the present and past lives of the Cherokee people. It details their location, history, food, sports, and government, as well as aspects of their family life and day to day living. Reading lists for further research are included along with websites and a glossary for unfamiliar terms.

Additional Cherokee Legends & Folktales

For Additional Cherokee Legends & Folktales see