Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Voices of Cherokee Women

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Voices of Cherokee Women

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Voices of Cherokee Women. Edited by Carolyn Ross Johnston. (Winston-Salem, N.C.: John F. Blair, 2013. Pp. xvi, 295. Paper, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-89587-599-0.) Carolyn Ross Johnston's edited collection brings to the fore the "Real Voices" and "Real History" of numerous women from the Cherokee Nation (p. xii). According to Johnston, the accounts provided give voice to women whose stories have hitherto been "missing from the traditional narratives" (p. xii). A simple question drives Johnston's research: what would Cherokee history look like from a female perspective? Covering three centuries of Cherokee women's history, Johnston's attempt to emphasize the female experience in Cherokee history is a rather audacious endeavor. Unfortunately, the narrations are not always from Cherokee women themselves; for instance, the earliest travel accounts are from male writers such as James Adair, Henry Timberlake, and William Bartram. Nonetheless, Johnston's juxtaposition of (often) European male travel accounts with native female interviews from Indian removal and the Civil War enable the reader to gain greater familiarity with Cherokee sources and the place of women across Cherokee societies. …

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