All of the …If You books that I have read so far were written by Ann McGovern: …If You Lived with the Cherokee was written by Peter and Connie Roop, authors of Let’s Drive, Henry Ford! and Let’s Play Soldier, George Washington!
This installment in the …If You series examines the lives of the Cherokee Indians between the years 1740 and 1840.
Q. & A.
How did people get married?
To get married, your two families exchanged special gifts. The groom would send deer meat to the girl’s family. This proved he was a good hunter and would always provide his wife with food. The bride gave him an ear of corn to show she would tend to her gardening and she could prepare good food. [pg. 14]
Who were the village leaders?
Each village had two chiefs, one for peace and one for war. The White Chief, or Peace Chief, helped with religious ceremonies. He also made sure people got along. He dressed in white deerksins to show who he was. He was a man known for his bravery and wisdom. He had seven men who helped him rule, one from each clan.[pg. 28]
How did you hunt and fish?
There was even a way to get fish without using a hook or trap. First, a dam would be built across a stream. Then horse-chestnut juice would be put into the water. The juice put the fish to sleep. You would wade in and pick out just the fish you needed. Then the dam was knocked down. The running water woke up the remaining fish, which swam away. [pg. 38]
The Roops report frankly on such issues as female leadership within the Cherokee clan and divorce methods. Four of the questions concern themselves with Cherokee religious beliefs – life after death, animal spirits, superstitious healing practices, and several folk tales.
Four of the pictures show men wearing nothing but loincloths.
Conclusion. Good, but not as enjoyable as others in this series.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret