"This monograph is a welcome contribution to our knowledge of one of the more poorly documented societies in the Southeast. It is both a scholarly and a very readable study."
"All in all, it is the best single volume available on the Catawbas."
In this reconstruction of the history of the Catawba Indians, Charles M. Hudson first considers the "external history" of the Catawba peoples, based on reports by such outsiders as explorers, missionaries, and government officials. In these chapters, the author examines the social and cultural classification of the Catawbas at the time of early contact with the white men, their later position in a plural southern society and gradual assimilation into the larger national society, and finally the termination of their status as Indians with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This external history is then contrasted with the folk history of the Catawbas, the past as they believe it to have been. Hudson looks at the way this legendary history parallels documentary history, and shows how the Catawbas have used their folk remembrances to resist or adapt to the growing pressures of the outside world.
Page count: 152 pp. Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5
List price: $23.95
Charles M. Hudson, a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Georgia, is one of the foremost authorities on the history and culture of the Indians of the U.S. Southeast. His many books include Black Drink, The Forgotten Centuries, and Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun (all Georgia).