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The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity

Gregory D Smithers


The Cherokee are one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States, with more than 300,000 people across the country claiming tribal membership and nearly one million people internationally professing to have at least one Cherokee Indian ancestor. This book uncovers the origins of the Cherokee diaspora and explores how communities and individuals have negotiated their Cherokee identities, even when geographically removed from the Cherokee Nation headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the book transports the reader back in time to tell the poigna ... More

Keywords: exile, Cherokee, Native American tribes, Cherokee identities, Trail of Tears, Cherokee diaspora, migration, removal, Cherokee Nation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300169607
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory D Smithers, author
Virginia Commonwealth University