Evolution of a Martyr: Tracking the Legend of the Cherokee Folk Hero Tsali

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Timothy Harden (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Timothy Pierce

Abstract: From the writings of whig journalist Charles Lanman to the notable American anthropologist James Mooney to the popular play “Unto These Hills” by Kermit Hunter, the historic memory of the Cherokee folk hero Tsali has changed greatly over the century and a half since his death. This thesis will look at the historic memory of Tsali, how it has changed over time, and its significance by looking at some of the major tellings of Tsali’s story, and newspaper articles that offer prevalent versions of the story in their time.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
tsali, cherokee, native american, folk hero

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