The eastern band members are descended primarily from about 800 cherokee living along the remote oconaluftee river who were not forcibly subjected to the trail of tears to indian territory now oklahoma principal chief yonaguska with the help of his adopted european american son william holland thomas managed to avoid removalthe eastern band of cherokee indians have maintained many . Other tribes didnt want to go and the american army forced them the cherokee tribe was one of the largest eastern tribes and they didnt want to leave their homeland the cherokees were peaceful allies of the americans so they asked the supreme court for help the judges decided the cherokee indians could stay in their homes but the . Contemporary estimates range from 21 million to 18 million people living on the north american continent prior to european colonization with the bulk living south of the rio grande verification needed but the us census bureau stated in 1894 that north america was an almost empty continent in 1492 and that indian populations could not have exceeded much over 500000. Native american spears were particularly powerful weapons due to the special atlatls also known as spear throwers throwing sticks or throwing boards the indians used to launch their spears an atlatl is a thin wooden shaft with a hollowed out cup at the end by balancing the butt of the spear in the cup and then swinging the atlatl native american hunters and warriors could increase their . American indians american presidents a history edited by clifford e trafzer wyandot descent and survival and examine such diverse subjects as contemporary art the cherokee freedmen issue and the evolution of jazz and blues this richly illustrated book brings to light an epic history that speaks to present day struggles for racial identity and understanding indivisible illuminates a
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