Suggested Reading List
Asheville Mountain Majesty
Description: "Sometimes called the Paris of the South, Asheville is known for its grand mountain views, rich and diverse culture, deep-rooted artistic heritage, historical architecture, and the legendary Biltmore Estate. Author Lou Harshaw - historian, teacher, lecturer, and lifelong resident of Asheville - gives a firsthand look at the history and development of this magnificent city by drawing upon a host of historical sources and an extensive oral tradition. The result is a journey through time that documents the emergence and evolution of one of America's most attractive and intriguing cities."
LIVING STORIES OF THE CHEROKEE
Author: Barbara R. Duncan, Editor
Description: This remarkable book, the first major new collection of Cherokee stories published in nearly a hundred years, presents seventy-two traditional and contemporary tales from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in north Carolina. It features stories told by Davy Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle - six Cherokee storytellers who learned their art and their stories from family and community. Barbara R. Duncan is Education Director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina.
SEQUOYAH AND THE CHEROKEE ALPHABET
Author: Alvin Josephy
Description: By the 1770s, the European colonists had settled along America's eastern seaboard, and begun to move west, into land still held by Indians. The Cherokee Indians were told to either give up their traditional ways of life and adopt the ways of the white people, or give up their land and make way for the settlers. But Sequoyah, a lame Cherokee craftsman, saw a way for his people to live among the whites, but still keep their Indian culture.
THE CHEROKEE NATION, A HISTORY
Author: Robert J. Conley
Description: The Cherokee Nation is one of the largest and most important of all the American Indian Tribes. Robert Conley begins his survey with Cherokee origin myths and legends. He then explores their relations with neighboring Indian groups and European missionaries and settlers. He traces their forced migrations west, relates their participation on both sides of the Civil War and the wars of the twentieth century, and concludes with an examination of Cherokee life today.
TOURING THE BACKROADS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Author: Carolyn Sakowski
Description: Western North Carolina has had its share of significant roads - the Blue Ridge Parkway and the equally spectacular Cherohala Skyway, the old Mount Mitchell and Big Tom Wilson motor roads, the infamous "tail of the dragon," the number one motorcycle and sports-car route in the East. But have you ever wondered what lies down that little-traveled byway heading uphill and into the woods, or wanted to know the story behind that historical marker by the side of the road? The 21 tours in Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads cover an area as noteworthy for its history as for its mountain scenery. They visit places and travel in the footsteps of people.