I Am Cherokee Indian Analysis

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I am from a nation of people who are proud and strong. My people were the first to settle in America thousands of years before Columbus laid claim to its discovery. My ancestors migrated from Asia during the last Ice Age, in search of food and a place to live (Cherokee, 1996). Throughout the years, many other nations sprang to life; nevertheless, we are still one and the same. My people lived along the Tennessee River in the Appalachian Mountains, which included “western North and South Carolina, southwest Virginia, and the Cumberland Basin of Tennessee, Kentucky, and northern Alabama” (Sheppard, ¶ 1). I am from the second largest tribe of the Native Americans. I am Cherokee and this is our story. The year 1540 was the…show more content…
The Europeans came here to exploit our land with only a desire to find gold and other riches (Cherokee, 1996). In the white man’s quest for riches, they brought with them many diseases that crippled our nation. Small pox devastated every tribe it came in contact with. Small pox was believed to have been brought to the Carolinas on slave ships (Cherokee, 1996). Before the epidemic, the Cherokee nation stood proudly at 50,000 people, but after the epidemic, 75% of the Cherokee population died; leaving only 25,000 people (Sheppard, ¶ 3). We had no immunity to the white man’s diseases. My people are a proud and beautiful race, so when small pox hit, the disfigurement that it caused could not be handled. Many Cherokees “shot themselves, others cut their throats, some stabbed themselves with knives and others with sharp-pointed canes; many threw themselves with sullen madness into the fire and there slowly expired” (Cherokee, 1996). Small pox also took its toll on the priests of the tribes (medicine men). The priests could not to cure the disease, so they assumed we were being punished for adopting the white man’s…show more content…
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