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Footsteps of the Cherokees: A Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation (Second Edition)

Vicki Rozema

John F. Blair, Publisher
$21.95 paperback
7 ½ x 8 ½           
394 pages
Published in 2007

Footsteps of the Cherokees has been recognized as an outstanding guide since it received an Award of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission in 1996. This new edition covers 190 Cherokee sites in five southeastern states—Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama—as well as in border areas of Kentucky and Virginia.

Users of this guide can visit the sites where the Eastern Cherokees built their towns and held their councils; where they fought the British, the Americans, and other Native Americans; where they were educated at mission schools; where they signed the treaties that ceded their land; and where they were gathered and imprisoned before their forced migration westward on the Trail of Tears.

Footsteps of the Cherokees begins with a historical overview of the Cherokee Nation. The remainder of the book divides the Cherokees’ eastern homelands into nineteen geographic areas. Sites range from Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the most important archaeological complexes within an American city, to the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina, home of the Eastern Band, where visitors can still experience the historic Cherokee culture. This second edition also includes more than a dozen new sites.

For each site, author Vicki Rozema provides historical background and updated directions, hours of operation, and contact information. She also illustrates the text with over two hundred black-and-white photos that give a real feel for Cherokee country.

Written for both travelers and those interested in Native American culture, this guide offers a look at significant sites in the rich history of the Cherokees.



“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 . . . none covers one area or one tribe in such detail. Essential for libraries in the Southeast and of value to most travel collections.” —Library Journal