With well over 700,000 mixed- and full-blooded members, the Cherokee nation is the largest tribe in the entire United States. The "motherland" that the tribe inhabited, of which many still do, is known as the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee and very western North Carolina. The white settlers and slaveowners pushed a great number of my people off their lands, of which many of us thoroughly and bitterly resent them. It was those people who made this region the South, with their new countrified, Southeast-style culture and political opinions. They also believed that the Cherokees were nothing but savages and heathens, VERY BIG misconception. Thanks to most of those people who took over the lands, now we have a mixture of lightly-educated hicks, and a bunch of arrogant, and usually racist, rednecks. What a GREAT EXCHANGE!
We have managed to hold out, however. Many of the ancestors held out in different hiding places in the mountains, and a lot of them survived the Trail of Tears. It is true that many Cherokees served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, but it is a decision that most of them made out of fear of the Southerners. Many of them, however, ended up serving in the Union Indian Brigade, which fought out in the Trans-Mississippi Theatre, coming from Oklahoma and Kansas, were most of the Natives had been exiled to from their eastern homelands. The Cherokee are a strong people, they served the nation and the settlers even as their own rights and lands were gradually being taken from them, and they deserve a lot of respect, and even tribute, in return.
There are two ways in which people misuse or become misinformed about the Cherokee people.
1)Cherokee is often the tribe people claim to be when they really have no idea what type of Native American they have in them, if any at all.
2) When a black person (mainly female) says that they have Cherokee in them just because their hair is softer or straighter than most.
2) You're just jealous because she's got that good Indian hair. She's part Cherokee. Her grandma was probably a princess or something.
Our culture is still very much alive. we still powwow, stompdance, play stickball, and sweat lodge. there are 6 Cherokee ceremonial grounds here in ok 1 Cherokee ground in nc. we have endured and overcome a tremendous amount. we are a proud people.