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Old Qualla

Two 19th century photos of Qualla Boundary, Cherokee Reservation. One is of a woman pounding corn into cornmeal. The other is of a group of players getting ready for a stickball game. The children in my novel, Stone man and the Trail of Tears, could have been present as adults for these photos.

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Not Asia

200 years ago, turbans were high Cherokee fashion for formal occasions. No one knows why they wore turbans, though there are lots of theories. The characters in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, were on the run and do not wear turbans.

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Terrapin Creek

The Tuckasegee River runs in western North Carolina near the Cherokee Reservation. Its name is Cherokee for Turtle Place. Nowadays it is a famed fly-fishing river. Part of my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, takes place along its scenic banks.

 

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Mountain Magic

The Snowbird Mountains of North Carolina are adjacent to the Smokey Mountains. They are still the home of the Snowbird Community, part of the Cherokee Reservation. Much of the story of my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, takes place in the Snowbird Mountains.

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ANCIENT CHEROKEE HOUSES

ANCIENT CHEROKEE HOUSESThe houses pictured are called asi. Made of wattle and daub (woven branches packed with mud), chestnut posts, and chestnut bark roof, they play a major role in my novel Stone Man and the Trail of Tears. A central hearth was ventilated through the roof. Replaced by log cabins after the acquisition of steel axes.

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ARCHERY CHEROKEE STYLE

Cherokees were adept with a bow and arrow—like many Native American they used a bow that was often longer than a man’s height. The wood used today is Osage Orange wood. Cornstalk shoots are very popular—the more cornstalks your arrow penetrates the higher your score. Cherokee archers play a major role in my novel Stone man and the Trail of Tears.

 

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Hunting Cherokee Style

Cherokees hunted small game with long blowguns made of river cane. They shot 15 inch wooden darts with thistle fletching. The boy in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, used a small blowgun.

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