Source:Furbee, Mary R. Wild Rose

Source Wild Rose
Nancy Ward and the Cherokee Nation
Author Furbee, Mary R.
Place Chota, Blount, Tennessee, United States
Year range 1730 - 1824
Surname Attakullakulla, Canoe, Doe, Kingfisher, Oconostota, Raven, Sevier, Ward
Subject Ethnic/Cultural
Ethnicity / Culture Native American
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher Morgan Reynolds Publishing
Date issued August 2001
Place issued Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States
Periodical / Series name Women of the Frontier
Furbee, Mary R. Wild Rose: Nancy Ward and the Cherokee Nation . (Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States: Morgan Reynolds Publishing, August 2001).
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Gr 6-9-Consulting numerous sources, Furbee has woven a linear, somewhat romanticized story that captures both the adventure and scope of her subject's life. Born during the 1737 smallpox epidemic that killed half of her people, Ward was given the name Nanye-hi for Nunne'hi, the legendary name of the Spirit People of the Cherokee, and seemed to be destined for something great. As an adult, she became a heroic and respected leader who was chosen by the clans as Ghigha, or Beloved Woman of the Cherokee. In that capacity she headed the Women's Council and sat on the Council of Chiefs. She later became a peace advocate who adopted the ways of the white settlers; they called her Nancy Ward when she married a white trader. The style is lively, engaging, and accessible, and the story is fascinating. Small black-and-white maps, line drawings, and spot art are included. Surprisingly, there are few biographies on this important figure. Pat Alderman's Nancy Ward: Cherokee Chieftainess, Dragging Canoe, Cherokee-Chickamauga War Chief (1978) concentrates on the tensions between Ward and her warrior cousin whereas Charlotte Ellington's Beloved Mother: The Story of Nancy Ward (1994, both Overmountain) is a much more fictionalized account. A useful addition to biography sections for middle and high school collections.

From School Library Journal - Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK

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Users Data

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883846714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883846718

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