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The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees : Indians of the Southeast - Rowena McClinton

The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees

Indians of the Southeast

By: Rowena McClinton (Editor, Introduction by)


Published: 1st December 2010
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In 1801 the Moravians, a Pietist German-speaking group from Central Europe, founded the Springplace Mission at a site in present-day northwestern Georgia. The Moravians remained among the Cherokees for more than thirty years, longer than any other Christian group. John and Anna Rosina Gambold served at the mission from 1805 until Anna’s death in 1821. Anna, the principal author of the diaries, chronicles the intimate details of Cherokee daily life for seventeen years. Anna describes mission life and what she heard and saw at Springplace: food preparation and consumption, transactions pertaining to land, Cherokee body ornaments, conjuring, Cherokee law and punishment, Green Corn ceremonies, ball play, and matriarchal and marriage traditions. She similarly recounts stories she heard about rainmaking, the origins of the Cherokee people, and how she herself conversed with curious Cherokees about Christian images and fixtures. She also recalls earthquakes, conversions, notable visitors, annuity distributions, and illnesses. This abridged edition offers selected excerpts from the definitive edition of the Springplace diary, enabling significant themes and events of Cherokee culture and history to emerge. Anna’s carefully recorded observations reveal the Cherokees’ worldview and allow readers a glimpse into a time of change and upheaval for the tribe.

Praise for the Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees, two-volume set: "The diaries are placed into context expertly and indexed exactly to render them even more fascinating and useful. This is a gargantuan achievement and a great step forward in Cherokee scholarship." Appalachian Heritage "McClinton's translated and annotated edition of the Moravian Springplace Mission diaries must be recognized as a momentous work for scholars in a wide variety of fields." Angela Pulley Hudson, Documentary Editing "McClinton's edition of this valuable primary document will prove highly useful to those interested in the Moravians, in the Cherokees, and in the Southeast during the early republic." Katherine Carte Engel Journal of Southern History

List of Mapsp. xi
Series Editors' Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Editorial Policyp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Significant Events and Themes at Springplace Mission between 1805 and 1821p. 13
Conversion, Moravian Stylep. 13
Principal Converts to the Moravian Churchp. 15
James Vann's Rejection of Christianityp. 18
Annuity Distribution at Vann's Plantationp. 18
Cherokee Education, Moravian Stylep. 24
Children's Illnesses at the Missionp. 25
Removal of Children from the Mission Schoolp. 30
Rumors of Mistreatment of Studentsp. 35
Runaway Studentsp. 35
Rumors of Abductionsp. 37
Rumors of Hungerp. 38
Children's "Errant" Behaviorp. 40
A Child's Death at the Missionp. 42
Use of Alcoholp. 44
Travelers and Notable Visitorsp. 47
Earthquakesp. 54
Creek War of 1813-14p. 59
Continuity of Traditional Cherokee Cultural Traitsp. 64
Cherokees' Concept of Land and Land Valuesp. 64
Voices in Cherokee Councilsp. 68
Moravians and the U.S. Governmentp. 73
Cherokee Agricultural Practicesp. 74
Cherokee Traditional Rituals and Contact with Christianityp. 76
Tradep. 86
Cherokee Law and Punishmentp. 88
Green Corn Ceremonyp. 97
Ball Playp. 98
Cherokee Origin Storiesp. 106
Cherokees' Responses to Christian Imagesp. 110
Epiloguep. 115
Notesp. 117
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ISBN: 9780803220959
ISBN-10: 0803220952
Series: Indians of the Southeast
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Type: Abridged