440 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 110 illus., 5 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4650-6
Published: June 1997
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Awards & distinctions
1998 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, Southern Association of Women Historians
A 1997 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
About the Author
Sarah H. Hill is an independent scholar who lives in Atlanta. A native of Georgia, she received her Ph.D. in American studies from Emory University.
For more information about Sarah H. Hill, visit the Author Page.
“An extensively researched and meticulously documented examination of the role of women in the history of these persistent occupants of the Southern Appalachians. . . . Hill’s metaphorical examination of women’s roles through the various changes reflected in their basketry is masterful.”--National Women’s Studies Association Journal
“In this groundbreaking and innovative study, Hill herself engages in complex weaving, entwining the threads of archival research, oral history, and the study of material culture to create an illuminating picture of the lives of southeastern Cherokee women.”Journal of Appalachian Studies
“A book large and strong enough to hold most of Cherokee history and culture.”NC Folklore Journal
“Sarah Hill has woven a book that is large and strong enough to hold most of Cherokee history and culture . . . [and] shows us the important part which Cherokee women and their baskets have played and continue to play in that process.”NC Folklore Journal
“By examining, in detail, the most basic manufacture of Cherokee women, Hill manages to illuminate not only Cherokee women’s history but that of the entire nation, from the dawn of the Cherokee world until the present day.”American Historical Review “Thoroughly researched, well-written, well-documented, and sympathetically presented, the history of the Cherokee women--their beliefs, their life work, and their impact on tribal history--should be read by anyone with an interest in ethnohistory, Southern history, women’s studies, or material culture.”American Historical Review
“Fresh and intriguing. . . . This well-written, meticulously researched work is not just a history of basketry. . . .After reading this book, one will surely have greater insights into Cherokee baskets, the female artisans who made them, and the times in which they worked.--Journal of Southern History