Similarities And Differences Between The And Village Structure And Burial Patterns

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Sometime around the 1500s the Cherokee people as we know them begin to form. This is during a historical time period known as the Qualla Phase (1500-1850 ce). Because of similarities of artifact styles, house and village structure and burial patterns, it is clear that the Cherokee draw their lineage directly from the Pisgah folk. However, it is also likely that other peoples (from east Tennessee and north Georgia) also contributed to the historic period Cherokee culture. Going further back in time the Cherokee ancestors can be linked to proud indigenous tribes dating as far as 10,000 bce when north America was first settled by nomadic Paleo-Indian tribes. Tribal life here for the Cherokee went on rather peacefully until in 1540 members of Hernando DeSoto’s expedition became the first recorded Europeans to encounter the Mississippian culture people, this included the Cherokee people. However, written descriptions of the tribe by the Spanish note a wide range of colors in the tribe, from "negro" to light skinned and "fair", suggesting the possible notion of previous outsider contact. Of course no proof of this has ever been located and only speculations or oral traditions fuel the flames of these notions. In the early to mid-1600s contact with the English is made and at some point trading begins. This trade relationship remains strong for a short period until in 1654 English settlers from Jamestown, supported by a force of Pamunkey, attacked the Cherokee village of 600–700…

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