Footsteps of the Cherokees divides the Cherokees' eastern homeland into 19 geographical sections and explores many of the historic Cherokee sites in these areas. Sites range from Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga, inhabited by Cherokees and earlier Indian cultures and considered one of the most important archaeological complexes within a United States city, to the Qualla Boundary, the home of the Eastern Cherokee reservation, where visitors can still experience the historic Cherokee culture. For each site, Rozema gives historical background, directions to the site, and the hours of operation and telephone numbers if the site is located within a park or museum area. The book also includes an overview of Cherokee history that sets the stage for the tours of the historic sites.
The first edition received an Award of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission.
"Virtually every region of the United States has Native Americans as part of its past. Photographer Rozema has done an excellent job of uncovering locations in the Southeast that document the history of the Cherokee people and often their interactions with increasing numbers of European Americans. She first gives an overview of Cherokee history, then focuses on the historical sites, providing details about Cherokee and other individuals who left their marks at each place. Black-and-white photographs illustrate both sections. While there are several guides to Native America, most notably Discover Indian Reservations USA: A Visitor's Welcome Guide, edited by Veronica Tiller (Council Pubs., 1992), none covers one area or one tribe in such detail. Essential for libraries in the Southeast and of value to most travel collections." --Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., New York (From Library Journal)
"If you want to do more than just read about the Cherokee indians, this is the book to get! The first part of the book is a historical and cultural overview of the Cherokee indians. The second part of the book gives directions to historical sites and goes into some detail about the history behind the site. It also tells you what there is to see now. I am not aware of another book like this. Keep it in your car when you travel. I really enjoyed this book." --Amazon.com Customer (January 13, 2000)
"A very well written book and very easy to read. Divided into two parts, the book gives the reader a goodly amount of historical as well as cultural information on the Cherokee Tribe in their Eastern homelands. The second part of the book is a listing of various places in this area that are of historical interest. Not only does Vicki Rozema tell the reader where these places are, but some of the background surrounding them and when available she also includes a picture to help in identifying these sites. As an added feature, the information on business hours and cost to get in is also included. Vicki Rozema has a good talent for holding the reader's attention, which to me is important. The only thing wrong with this book is that it has now added all these different places I never realized existed before to my itinerary and I don't know if I will be able to get to see them all, but will surely try. The book will definitely go with me when I travel." --Sandra K Onbey (Etowah, Tennessee United States)
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