Healing practices of the Cherokee are a blend of ritual and medicinal plants. Much of the information of the past has been reported by outsiders of the tribe, as a result of observation, and, at times, through interviews with Cherokee healers. The Cherokee have documented some of their sacred formulas and ceremonies in written form using the Cherokee syllabary developed by Sequoyah. Within the past twenty years, other Cherokee have begun documenting the healing rituals in English; however, some rituals are still considered secret and sacred and only shared orally with tribe healers. Although information about Cherokee healing is plentiful, the majority is buried within literature with subject matters such as Native American history, healing rituals, the use of medicinal plants both by the Cherokee and by other peoples, botany, medical anthropology, and folk medicine. Subject specific bibliographic sources are virtually nonexistent, but there are those, and journals, specific to the other topics previously listed.
Garrett, J. T. Medicine of the Cherokee: The Way of Right Relationship. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Bear & Company Publishers, c1996. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. E99.C5 G237 1996
Garrett, J. T. The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company, 2003. Western Carolina University. RS171.G375 2003
Hamel, Paul B; Chiltoskey, Mary U. Cherokee Plants: And Their Uses – a 400 Year History. Sylva, North Carolina: Herald Publishing Company, 1975. E99.C5 H224
Kilpatrick, Jack Frederick, ed; Anna Gritts Kilpatrick, ed. “Notebook of a Cherokee Shaman.” Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology. 2:6 (1970): 83-125. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. GN1 .S54 v.2, no.6
Mooney, James. Myths of the Cherokee and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees, (from the 19th and 7th Annual Reports B. A, E. 1900. Nashville, TN: Charles Elder – Bookseller Publisher, 1972. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. E99.C5 M764
Mooney, James. The Swimmer Manuscript: Cherokee Sacred Formulas and Medicinal Prescriptions. Edited by Frans M. Olbrechts. Washington, DC: United States Government Print Office, 1932. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. E99.C5 M775 1932
American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Los Angeles: American Indian Culture and Research Center, University of California. WNCLN Online Resources.
Anderson, William L. A Guide to Cherokee Documents in Foreign Archives. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1983. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Z1210.C46 A53 1983
Carney, Ginny. Cherokee/Appalachian Literature and Other Resource Materials. Berea, Kentucky: Berea College, Appalachian Studies Summer Institute, 1994. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Closed. Z1209.2.U52 A67 1994.
Christian, Ratsch. The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 1992. Western Carolina University. QK83 .R3813 1992.
Crawford, O’Brien, Suzanne J. American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, c2005. ASU Main Stacks. E98R3 C755 2005
Ball, Donald B. A Bibliography of Tennessee Anthropology, Including Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Melungeon Studies. Knoxville: Tennessee Anthropological Association, 1977. Western Carolina University. E78.T3 Z92 1977
Bibliography of Native North Americans. Norwood, Massachusetts: SilverPlatter International. Available from: Ebsco Publishing, Ebsco Industries, Incorporated. WNCLN Online Resources.
Dockstader, Frederick J. The American Indian in Graduate Studies: A Bibliography of Theses and Dissertations. New York: Museum of the American Indian, Heve Foundation, 1973-1974. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Z1209.D62
Oukay, Emperor of Tsalagi. Cherokee Bibliography. Dallas, Texas: Triskelion Press, 1994.
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Appalachian Journal. Boone, North Carolina. ASU Appalachian Collection. Bound: v. 1 – 1974 – Winter 2008. Semi-annual. F216.2. A66
Journal of Cherokee Studies, Cherokee, North Carolina. ASU W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Bound: v. 1 – 1976 – v. 26 2008. Semi-annual. E99.C5 J68
Compiler: Donna Corriher, December 2009