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"The Memoirs of Robert Youngdeer: Marine, Chief & Proud American"
Author: Robert Youngdeer.  Youngdeer describes growing up in Cherokee, attending boarding school, joining the Marines, and being wounded in at Guadalcanal in World War II, for which he received the Purple Heart. He became an Army Paratrooper, and then worked as an Indian Policeman on reservations with the Lakota, Choctaw, Apache, Anishinabe, Inuit, and more. From 1983-1987 he served as Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. “Principal Chief Youngdeer has produced an extraordinary history for the Cherokee people through the telling of his life history. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been blessed with exceptional leaders like Robert, and now our community has the opportunity to share his story,” commented Michell Hicks, Principal Chief of EBCI. Paperback.463 pages Publisher: Museum Of The Cherokee Indian Press; Ist edition (2012)
Language: English; ISBN-10: 0961059842; ISBN-13: 978-0961059842 Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 4 inches; Shipping Weight: 1 pounds; Price: $25.00

CP816  VOICES OF CHEROKEE WOMEN  by Carolyn Ross Johnston
Voices of Cherokee Women is a compelling collection of first-person accounts by Cherokee women. It includes letters, diaries, newspaper articles, oral histories, ancient myths, and accounts by travelers, traders, and missionaries who encountered the Cherokees from the 16th century to the present.

Among the stories told by these “voices” are those of Rebecca Neugin being carried as a child on the Trail of Tears; Mary Stapler Ross seeing her beautiful Rose Cottage burned to the ground during the Civil War; Hannah Hicks watching as marauders steal her food and split open her feather beds, scattering the feathers in the wind; and girls at the Cherokee Female Seminary studying the same curriculum as women at Mount Holyoke.

Voices of Cherokee Women recounts how Cherokee women went from having equality within the tribe to losing much of their political and economic power in the 19th century to regaining power in the 20th, as Joyce Dugan and Wilma Mankiller became the first female chiefs of the Cherokee Nation. The book’s publication is timed for the commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears. paperback; 5 x 7 1/2; 256 pages Series: Real Voices, Real History
Paperback: 256 pages; Publisher: John F. Blair, Publisher (September 25, 2013); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0895875993; ISBN-13: 978-0895875990
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces;

Price: $13.95 + s/h


CP 845 - SELU: Seeking the Corn Mothers Wisdom by Marilou Awiakta

A collection of Cherokee history, stories, and poetry that gives the reader practical advice on how to use ancient wisdom in contemporary life. 6 X 9, 336 pages, Illustrated.  $ 19.95 + s/h  



SOabe - STORM IN THE MOUNTAIN                 

By Vernon Crow

Back in print by popular demand but only in a limited supply. Buy your copy now while they are available. Company Muster rolls. The authors thoroughly researched and fast moving account helps fill in this fascinating gap in Confederate Military history. This is a rare and out-of-print book. $38.95 + s/h 

CP 855 - EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE WOMEN: Cultural Persistence In Their Letters and Speeches by Virginia Moore Carney

Virginia Moore Carney analyzes how the women of The Eastern Band served as honored members of the tribe, occupying both positions of leadership and respect from the 1800s to present day. Hardback. $34.95 + s/h

CP 532 - CHEROKEE LITTLE PEOPLE: The Secrets and Mysteries of the Yunwi Tsunsdi by Lynn King Lossiah and Ernie Lossiah (Artist). A book about the Little People—small, mystical, elf-like beings—of Cherokee life and culture. This book is as beautiful as it is informative, with full-page art depicting the Little People.  Cherokee Publications ISBN: 0935741224 Paperback, 151pp  $23.95 + s/h 



CP 865- SNOWBIRD CHEROKEES: People of Persistence

An ethnographic study of Snowbird, North Carolina, a remote mountain community of Cherokees, "The Sky People," regarded as some of the most traditional members of the tribe. Through historical research and fieldwork the author, Sharlotte Nealy portrays the inhabitants daily lives and culture. #865 9 1/2 X 6, 178 pages, some black and white photographs, hardback. $18.95 People of Persistence An ethnographic study of Snowbird, North Carolina, a remote mountain community of Cherokees, "The Sky People," regarded as some of the most traditional members of the tribe. Through historical research and fieldwork the author, Sharlotte Nealy portrays the inhabitants daily lives and culture. 9 1/2 X 6, 178 pages, some black and white photographs, hardback. $23.95 + s/h




by Virginia Driving Hawk Steve
A journey into Native American spirituality. 
Take your place by the campfire amd hear the stories of old. Listen and learn of ancient wisdom of a proud and noble people. Gift size book. 5.5X5.5, 126 pages, paperback. Beautiful color paintings dignify the life and spirit of the Cherokee.  NEW LOWER PRICE! Was $24.95 REDUCED FOR SALE TO $ 8.95 + s/h


CP 424 - CHEROKEE FEAST OF DAYS by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Joyce’s best selling daily meditations. Daily inspirations drawn from the philosophy and teachings of the Cherokee and other tribes, along with her own brand of heartfelt inspirational writing. Each page carries a quotation from Native American figures such as Black Elk, Sequoyah, Chief Seattle, and many others providing examples of lives lived in peace, beauty, and harmony. 6X4, over 400 pages, paperback. Daily inspirations for the soul seeped in the ancient tribal lore of the Cherokee tradition.  Cherokee writer Joyce Sequichie Hifler draws deeply on the Tsalagi philosophy to guide readers on a path of enlightenment. Volume I, paperback, 412 pp, 4 x 6. $ 16.95 + s/h


This collection of legends and short stories from Cherokee author Conley includes the Moon Face, Badger, The Name, Old Joe and more.  More than fifteen stories that serve as reminders of Cherokee history validating of their traditions. 165 pages, Soft Cover.  $ 18.95




The Four Directions, the four seasons, and the four elements that make up the sacred hoop of the full circle must be in right relationship with one another or disharmony will result. Native American ritual has always emphasized the restoration of balance through ceremonies that provide a forum for learning, transition, and expressions of personal growth. Now Cherokee authors J. T. and Michael Garrett share Indian traditions to explore interrelationships as a tool for growth and transformation. The Cherokee Full Circle gathers techniques representing Native American cultures from across America--stories, exercises, and individual and group rituals--to teach the inherent dynamics of right relationship and apply them to the healing path. The authors provide a comprehensive overview of Native American spiritual principles and traditions and demonstrate how these ideas and methods can be applied universally to deal with life's situations--from depression and grieving to finding purpose and establishing positive relationships. A comprehensive overview of Native American spiritual principles and their application for personal spirit-healing.  200pp, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 paperback. NEW LOWER PRICE! Was $19.95 REDUCED FOR SALE TO $ 15.95
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72 Traditional and contemporary tales from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Features stories told by Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith-Littlejohn and Freeman Owle.  $ 21.95 + s/h



CP 736- CHEROKEE HERBAL: Native Plant Medicine From the Four Directions by J. T. Garrett
A practical guide to the medicinal uses of over 450 plants and herbs as applied in the traditional practices of the Cherokee. Details the uses of over 450 plants for the treatment of over 120 ailments. 240pp, 5 3/8 x 8.  8 & illustrations, Soft Cover. $ 17.95
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This work examines seven myths that grew out of Cherokee culture,looking at how they emerged to explain archetypal issues. Each of the stories is told in full and is followed by a detailed history and analysis that provides its background, associated rituals, and psychological basis. 216 pages, illustrations, maps, paperback published in 2006.  $ 36.95 + s/h



CP 754- CHEROKEE MASKS ACTIVITY BOOK  by Sandy & Jesse Hummingbird 
Long ago Cherokee dancers would dance, and through dancing tell stories about the tribe. They wrapped themselves in colorful blankets and wore masks to represent people, feelings, and animals that shared their world. The masks had features such as extra-long noses, big bushy eyebrows, or horns to represent characters in the stories. Children to color and do lessons in matching, mazes, sentences, connecting dots, counting, spelling, and more. Children 5-8 yrs.  32pp,  8 1/2 x 11. $ 6.95 + s/h

OS-ABE- CHEROKEE PERSPECTIVE by Laurence French and Jim Hornbuckle
Here is your chance for a rare glimpse inside Cherokee culture and society through the eyes of the Cherokee, themselves.  It contains material about their education, history, culture, cooking, etc.  photographs, paperback. Paperback: 244 pages; Publisher: Appalachian Consortium Pr (June 1981); Language: English; ISBN-10: 091323916X; ISBN-13: 978-0913239162; Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches; Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces $12.95
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The first book to explain the ancient astrological system of the Cherokees and how to use it in the modern world. Author, Raven Hail, a Cherokee elder, provides insightful descriptions for each of the twenty signs that identify characteristics of those born under a day sign, whether it be turtle, reed, whirlwind, wolf, etc. 5 1/2x 8 1/2, 144pp, paperback. $ 15.95 + s/h  


CP 561 CHEROKEE WOMEN by Theda Purdue 

Examines the roles and responsibilities of Cherokee women during the 1700s-1800s, a time of intense cultural change. A landmark study of Native women, in particular the traditional gender roles for Cherokee women and how they effected the changes coming to their lives. 6 1/4 X 9 1/4 , 272pp, paperback. $17.95



A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation. This guidebook divides the Cherokee's eastern homeland into 19 geographical sections and explores, with photos and informative text, many of the historic sites in these areas.  Overview of Cherokee history included.  71/2 x 81/2, 396pp, paper, photos & maps.  $ 22.95 + s/h


CP 674 JOURNAL OF JESSE SMOKE by Joseph Bruchac This Cherokee boy's journal, written as he traveled on the trail of tears is fiction, but so carefully researched it gives a historically correct and vividly realistic picture of the experience of those on this hard, imposed journey to Oklahoma. $ 21.95 + s/h


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by Barbara Duncan and Davey Arch  

A book full of wonderful stories. It has many stories already familiar to those that read Cherokee tales as well as many new stories and stays true to the storyteller's own words and rhythms. Introductions on each storyteller and stories to compare the styles of each. This marvelous book is equally enjoyable for those interested in a good story and Cherokee culture. 253pp, 0.97" x 9.47" x 5.68" $ 26.95  + s/h


In a time before ours, humans could talk with animals, hear whisperings from plant life, and understand the origin stories written in the stars. Survival depended on active kinship with family and tribe, with animals and plant people, with sun and moon and fire.144pp, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 paperback. $ 13.95
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Discover the holistic experience and beauty of human life from the elder teachers of Cherokee Medicine. J.T. Garrett and his son, Michael Garrett, are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. They draw on the ancient wisdom teachings of their Medicine Elders and developed ways to present the "old teachings" to effectively guide people today to appreciate and understand living the "Medicine Way."  352pp, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, paperback.  $15.95 + s/h



CP 683- NIGHT HAS A NAKED SOUL by Alan Kilpatrick
Cherokee mysticism was seldom whispered about in the outside world until James Mooney began his scholarly research in 1891.There has been no comprehensive study of Cherokee supernaturalism since until Alan Kirkpatrick undertook this study. An excellent source book examines in depth the Cherokee sacred formulas, the idi:gawé:sdi, have been largely hidden and almost forgotten by this generation. The author discusses shamanic text which serves to cloak the spells in a "secret language whose meanings can only be deciphered by those who have the key and thus are initiated into the code. The spells include those for divining, for poultice making, to counteract evil thinkers, to forget the dead and trap night walkers. It is an "instruction manual" geared to those on the Medicine Path who need help understanding the Way. Paperback: 224pp, 55 x 6x9.  $ 20.95
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CP 548- OUT OF THE FLAME by James Adair

This is probably the oldest record dealing with the spiritual beliefs and customs of the Cherokee. Author, Adair, while living some 40 years with the Cherokee in the 1700s recorded eye witness accounts of their worship practices and compared them with those of the ancient Hebrews. 1775 manuscript. 51/4 X 81/4, 230pp, paper.  $ 31.95 + s/h


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