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Indians of North America the Cherokee 1993

Catalog Data

Nevison, Henry Producer  Search this
Henry Nevison; Producer, Director  Search this
Marty Moss-Coane; Narration  Search this
John Douglas White; Editor  Search this
Dana Palermo, Rick Scott; Audio  Search this
Rich Wilson; script writer  Search this
Andrew Schlessinger, John Gerbec, Dana Palermo; producers  Search this
Physical description:
31 min sound color video
Cherokee Indians  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Southern States  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
United States, Kentucky, Oklahoma, North Carolina
Indians of North America Series: The Cherokee. Edited film documents the history of the Cherokee American Indians since the arrival of European settlers in North America. Emphasis is placed on the Cherokee language, literacy and education, effects of settlers on Cherokee culture and lifeways, life on the reservation, and conflicts with the Unites States government over land rights. Film follows the fissioning of the factions of Cherokee tribes into the western Cherokees of Oklahoma and the eastern Cherokees of North Carolina and Georgia until their ultimate unification and creation of the Cherokee Nation in 1839. Featured is Secoya, the inventor of the Cherokee written language which was disseminated throughout the tribe, insuring the literacy of most Cherokees within one generation. This began a tradition of education and literacy which would later establish the Cherokees as the first tribe to write a tribal newspaper, "The Cherokee Phoenix," and to establish two high schools in 1851, one of which was for women. Film addresses the impact of government land policies such as the 1887 Dawes Act, allotting land to individuals rather than to the tribe; the 1830 Indian Removal Act, forcing Indians to relocate and resettle on land west of the Mississippi, including the forced migration known as the Trail of Tears. Footage sequences include: Cherokee council houses; open plazas for social, political and religious events; homes made from a framework of wooden beams sealed with mud plaster; black and white government films recruiting Indian laborors to the city; interviews with Cherokee elders and youths.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Land--acquisition of  Search this
Land--as a source of wealth  Search this
Land--as property  Search this
Land--reclamation  Search this
Land--reservations  Search this
Settlement--patterns  Search this
Migration  Search this
Boundaries--territorial  Search this
Conflict  Search this
Warriors--status of  Search this
Territorial--boundaries--exploitation  Search this
Territory--annexed consolidation of  Search this
Government--activities--agencies, relief  Search this
Government--care of dependent ethnic groups  Search this
Government--education--public  Search this
Government--expeditions  Search this
Government--military  Search this
Government--policies  Search this
Government--constitutions  Search this
Military--armed forces  Search this
Education--curriculum  Search this
Education--teachers in--theories of  Search this
Education--attitudes toward  Search this
Literacy  Search this
Spiritualism  Search this
Missions--religious  Search this
Nature--ideas about  Search this
Descent--matrilineal  Search this
Assimilation--of ethnic groups  Search this
Bands--migratory  Search this
Hunting--buffalo  Search this
Horses  Search this
Gardens  Search this
Exploring--expeditions  Search this
Ownership--individual--collective  Search this
Culture--accomodation--adaptation  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Treaties--peace--capitulation  Search this
Newspapers  Search this
Railways--construction  Search this
Rail--transport  Search this
Law--court--of law and justice  Search this
Imprisonment  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.7
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives