Up from These Hills: Memories of a Cherokee Boyhood

By Leonard Carson Lambert Jr. | Go to book overview

Series Preface

Leonard Lambert fits no one’s stereotype of an American Indian, but the contours of Lambert’s life are more typical than we might think. A well-educated professional who lived all over the world as an adult, he never permanently resided on the Cherokee reservation where he was born. Like Lambert, most American Indians do not live on reservations, and they pursue a range of occupations that were largely closed to their forebears. Also like Lambert, their identity as citizens of Native nations remains strong. In this memoir of his family and childhood, Lambert paints a vivid portrait of how he became the man he is. Born into a struggling Cherokee family on the Eastern Band reservation in western North Carolina, Lambert moved with his family to east Tennessee in the 1940s so his father could find a job as a farm laborer and secure an occupational draft deferment. The whole family worked hard, but a limited understanding of market forces and a lack of confidence

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Series Preface xi
  • Forethoughts Michael Lambert xiii
  • Roots 1
  • The Cove 24
  • Tennessee 76
  • Mentor School 122
  • Mars Hill > 144
  • Going Home 165
  • Notes 193
  • In the Indians of the Southeast Series 198
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