This dissertation argues that the continuation of traditional indigenous institutions is the most effective means for successful economic and community development strategies on American Indian reservations in the United States. It is a study of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina and their tradition of gadu:gi which represents a concept of mutual aid and translates to mean qworking together for the good of the community, q and qeveryone's heart is in the same place.q A critical examination of the history of gadu:gi from 1934 to 1984 demonstrates the institution evolved from a physical work group to a cultural ideology and a major focus of modern Cherokee identity. Utilizing oral histories, ethnohistorical, and interdisciplinary sources, this study concludes that the Eastern Cherokee economy and local communities are inextricably linked.... whither the people repair with their . hoes and axes; and from thence proceed to their plantation, where they begin to plant, ... Each Cherokee community included both red and white organizations which performed specific fimctions at specific ... E. Holland Braund, eds., William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians ( Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995), 152. ... or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws (New York: Penguin Books, 1988 reprint of 1791 original), anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Gadu:gi Spirit: Community Development Strategies Among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, 1934 to 1984|
|Author||:||Tamrala Greer Swafford|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2009|