The Promised Land: The Cherokees Essay
The Promised Land: The Cherokees
The culture I chose to explore was the Cherokee Native American tribe. Explorers in the 16th century the Cherokee Indians have been identified as the most socially and culturally Native American tribe. The Cherokees thrived hundreds of years before the first European contact in the United States. In 1829 gold was discovered in George. This made them want the Indians moved more. The Cherokee were Indians were already having an “Indian Removal” by the settlers, prospectors, and others. Over a thousand of the Cherokee Indian families were rounded up to be removed at the order of President Andrew Jackson. The Cherokee Indians was forced to march 1,000 miles to get to “Indian Territory” which is a part of the state of Oklahoma. The Cherokee Indians rebuilt their communities. The new capital to the Cherokee Indians was Tahlequah with Park Hill this became the major hub for businesses and cultural activity (AAA Nativearts.com). I chose this culture because I live close to a Cherokee Indian Reservation and I have two kids that are a part of the Cherokee Indian Tribe. A folkway is the boys would sleep on panther skins to get the animal’s strength and courage. The girls would sleep on doeskin to make them more graceful. The parents slept on cane mattresses’ (Cherokee Nation.org).
An important value in the culture is the Cherokee Indians have a Pow Wow on Thanksgiving showing, sharing, and giving thanks to what they have. They have the different dances with the dancers dress for different meanings, booths with Indian food, booths with Indian music, booths with things they make, etc. Thousands of people attend and Cherokee Indians from all over the United States attend. Some taboos are: When the Cherokee Indians kill a deer they cut the tip of the tongue off put it in a fire in offering thanks. They also pray around the deer to release all the spirts. A pregnant woman should only eat certain food and no salt. They also cannot stand in a door was or wear anything around their neck. For three months after a woman has a baby she should not: prepare meals for her husband, avoid sex, and should avoid touching her husband. (Cherokee Nation.org)
Two agents of socialization are the way they teach their kids to sleep on the different animal skin to get certain characteristics. Another taboo is where they pray for the things they kill to release the spirits. The study I did on Cherokee Indians made me have a big appreciation for that culture. The things they went through was unbelievable that it was allowed. It made me understand it better as to why they can be separated from the other races. I didn’t really stereotype because of my kids. I understand why the government does what it does to help them and stand behind them so they can have their reservation with different rules and laws. Culture consists of everything humans create in establishing our relationship to nature and with each other (Soc. Fourth Edition; pg. 45 (2016))