Pushing the Bear,
and Cherokee History
To learn more about Diane Glancy's life and writings, visit her NativeWiki page as well as the Voices From the Gaps on Glancy. Another good source of information is Glancy's personal webpage at Macalester College.
In spring 2002, Glancy was a participant in the Michigan Writers Series, and you can hear a recording of her comments and readings online at the Michigan State University Libraries site.
Cherokee history, culture, and language form the backbone of Glancy's Pushing the Bear.
Paula Giese created a marvelous site about native basketry--Native Basketry: Survival, Beauty--and she included a section on Cherokee baskets. (See "The Basket Maker" sections in Pushing the Bear on pages 152-58.)
The Cherokee Language is featured in several locations:
-- at the Cherokees of California website
-- at the Native Languages of America page on Cherokee (lessons, links, dictionaries, etc.)
You can read a selection of Native American bear stories and a Cherokee bear story online, as well as other traditional Cherokee stories.
Learn about the Trail of Tears at these sites:
-- at the Cherokee Nation site,
-- at the online site for Spiral of Fire, a documentary by LeAnne Howe (whose novel about Indian baseball we will read next): the site includes an overview of the Trail of Tears, Cherokee oral stories about the Trail, and an interactive map (click on the tab for "Cherokee Relocation"),
-- at the National Parks Service page for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
To learn about Cherokee history more generally, see History of the Cherokee (has some great maps and images).
Official websites for the Cherokee:
-- The Cherokee Nation (based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma)--this is an especially valuable resource for information about Cherokee history, culture, and language
-- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation (based in Cherokee, North Carolina)
"It takes more than one voice to talk about history" (Glancy, on MPR, 8 April 2003). Glancy has published another significant historical novel, Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea. Hear her on Minnesota Public Radio talking about the novel and her perspectives on Native American history (look for Midmorning, March 18, 2003, and Talking Volumes, April 8, 2003, and click on "Listen" to hear one of these programs).
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This page was last updated on 24 September 2008. Direct questions/comments to Nancy J. Peterson.