A blurb for teachers in North Carolina says this video "reflects Cherokee identity from earliest origins to the present economic challenges. The Eastern Cherokee's strength in their arts, language, and culture today speak to their tenacious power of survival. Producer Ron Ruehl, the recipient of gold and silver ADDY awards and a Telly Award for excellence in video production, describes this documentary as the most important work of his career." (If you're planning to major in mass communications, and you really ought to consider it, you'll be interested to know the ADDY Awards are given by the American Advertising Federation for "creative excellence" in advertising. So Ruehl's work here is low-budget, but he's good.)
Here are the questions. Pay attention during the video. You will be given the opportunity to express yourselves in writing after we've seen it. A couple of things to watch/ listen for:
1. What familiar song did Cherokee Indians sing on the Trail of Tears?
2. How has the Cherokee culture changed over the years? What specific things did they learn from white American culture?
3. What steps are the Cherokee taking to preserve their heritage and pass it on to the next generation?