Cherokee Books:

 Spanish Jack, by Robert J Conley

Spanish JackRobert J Conley is one of the most acclaimed writers of the American West and of the his own people , the Cherokee, having won myriad fans with his moving historical novels about the Real People.  In Spanish Jack, he brings to vivid life one of the most complicated figures in one of the most difficult times in Cherokee history.

Jack Spaniard--known as "Spanish Jack" -- was Chickamauga, the Cherokee faction that sided with the British during the Revolutionary War.  After the British lost the war, the Chickamauga moved west to the Arkansas territory.  Reorganized as the Cherokee Nation West, they were forcibly absorbed into the Cherokee Nation by the U.S. government after the Trail of Tears.  Spanish Jack, however, was not going to go quietly.  He continued to fight against the Osage (longtime enemies of the Cherokee) against the Cherokee Nation, against  the U.S. government, and against the tide of time.

Spanish Jack was revered as a hero by some, reviled as a brigand and murderer by more, and hunted by many.  Both a patriot and a killer, a loyal friend and an implacable enemy.  Spanish Jack lived a life that is the stuff of legend, becoming on of the most famous and idolized outlaws of the west.


The Education of Little Tree, by Forrest Carter

The Education of Little TreeThis story has entranced readers of all ages since it was first published twenty-five years ago.  The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.

"Little Tree," as his grandparents call him, is shown how to hunt and survive in the nountains and to respect natue in the Cherokee Way--taking only what is needed, leaving the frest for nature to run its course.

Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of the white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Granpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy.  Granma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education.  But when Little Tree is sent to an Indian boarding school run by whites, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in the attempt to assimilate them, and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way.

A classic of its era, and an enduring book for all ages.   The Education of Little Tree has now beeen completely re-designed for this twenty-fifth anniverary edition.

"Some of it is sad, some of it is hilarious, some of it is unbelievable, and all of it is charming." --The Atlantic

Forrest Carter (1925-71) also wrote Josey Wales: Two Westerns (UNM Press).


The Cherokee HERBAL, by J. T. Garrett

The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four DirectionsIn this rare collection of the herbal knowledge of the the Cherokee elders, author J. T. Garrett presents the healing properties and medicinal applications of over 450 North American plants.  Readers will learn how Native American healers utilize the gift of nature for ceremonial purposes and to treat over 120 ailments, from the common cold to a broken heart.  The book presents the medicine of the Four Directions and the plants with which each direction is associated.  From the East comes the knowledge of "heart Medicine" -- blood-building tonics and plants for vitality and detoxification.  The Medicine of the South focuses on the innocence of life and the energy of youthfulness.   West Medicine treats the internal aspects of the physical body to encourage strength and endurance, while North Medicine offers a sense of freedom and connection to the stars and greater Universal Circle.  This resource also includes tradtional teaching tales to offer insights from Cherokee cosmology into the origin of illness, how the animals found their Medicine and the naming of plants.

J. T. Garrett, a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee from North Carolina, is the author of Meditations with the Cherokee and coauthor with his son Michael, of Medicine of the Cherokee and The Cherokee Full Circle.  As a student and teacher of Indian Medicine for over thirty-five years, he draws on the ancient wisdom teachings of his Medicine elders on the Cherokee reservation in the Great Smoky Mountains.  He currently serves as the health director for the Carteret County in North Carolina.


Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens


For more than twenty years this pioneering work has served as a bible for herbalists throughout the world.   It is an illustrated enclyclopedic guide to more than two hundred medicinal plants found in North America, with descriptions for methods of use and dosage.  Native American traditions are compared wtih tradtional uses of the same plants among other cultures where the science of herbs has flourished, particulary in Russia and China.   Included is an annotated bibliograhhy of pertinent book and periodicals. 

Alma R. Hutchens, a close associate of the late herbalist N.G. Tretcikoff, has been a student and practitioner of herbal medicine for many years.

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