Cherokee Nation Case Study
How did many members of the Cherokee Nation, who originally lived in parts of what are now Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama, end up living in Oklahoma? These sources allow you to further investigate this story of American Indian Removal.
Cherokee Stickball. In spite of the hardships of removal, the Cherokee Nation managed to hang on to their language and culture. Stickball, a game like lacrosse, was played by members of the Cherokee Nation before and after removal.
Be the Anthropologist
What can these images of stickball games and sticks tell us about Cherokee removal?
- Why would the soldiers from the Cherokee Nation shown here choose to play this stickball game while serving in Iraq?
- Why do you think playing the ancient game of stickball is important for the Cherokee people to continue even to the present day?
- What important things do we learn by participating in sports?
- What valuable skills might the Cherokee Nation learn by playing stickball?