Free & open to the public. On our downstairs floor.
Join us for an evening with Greg Smithers as we celebrate the release of his new book, The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity.
The Cherokee are one of the largest Native American tribes in the US, with more than three hundred thousand people across the country claiming tribal membership and nearly one million people internationally professing to have at least one Cherokee Indian ancestor. In this revealing history of Cherokee migration and resettlement, Smithers uncovers the origins of the Cherokee diaspora and explores how communities and individuals have negotiated their Cherokee identities, even when geographically removed from the Cherokee Nation headquartered in Tahlequah, OK.
Beginning in the 18th century, the author transports the reader back in time to tell the poignant story of the Cherokee people migrating throughout North America, including their forced exile along the infamous Trail of Tears (1838-39). Smithers tells a remarkable story of migration and removal, land and tradition, culture and language in defining what it has meant to be Cherokee for a widely scattered people.
Gregory D. Smithers is associate professor of history at VCU and author of numerous books and articles about Native American and African American history.