The Cherokee Perspective

Written by Eastern Cherokees

Edited by Laurence French, Jim Hornbuckle

The Cherokee Perspective

276 pp., 6 x 9, 24 halftones, 1 graph, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3849-2
    Published: January 1981

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In 1973, Cherokee students at the Qualla Boundary started a student organization with the intention of improving the educational prospects among Native Americans attending non-Indian colleges and universities. Under the direction of Laurence French and Charles Jim Hornbuckle, the students interviewed Cherokee elders and received help from the American Indian Historical Society in order to gain an accurate history and assessment of the tribe, which has a long misunderstood history. In order to gain more traction and involvement in the project, special college courses were offered at the Cherokee High School under the supervision of French and Hornbuckle. Published in 1981, The Cherokee Perspective is a compilation of the articles written in these courses.

About the Authors

Laurence French is a professor of Social Justice at the University of New Hampshire. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire. He earned a second Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in cultural psychology. French’s major areas of research interest are international and comparative social studies, human and criminal justice, and Native American minority issues. He has over 300 written works published and nineteen books including North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics (2016), Policing American Indians: A Unique Chapter in American Jurisprudence (2015), and Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England (2014).
For more information about Laurence French, visit the Author Page.

Charles James “Jim” Hornbuckle was the Director of Human Services for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He spent the vast majority of his adult life in service to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Hornbuckle and Laurence French worked together on several written projects concerning social justice for the Cherokee Indians. He passed away on May 19th, 2014.
For more information about Jim Hornbuckle, visit the Author Page.


“The Cherokee Perspective [provides] a rare glimpse inside Cherokee culture and society and a more complete view of how Cherokees see themselves, their past, their future, and their relationship with the non-Indian world. The Cherokee Perspective contains material about contemporary social problems, education, history, current events, dances, cooking, arts and crafts, legends, and outstanding individuals. “The Cherokee Perspective presents the diversity which exists in Cherokee society today and the understanding and tolerance on which Cherokee society traditionally was based. I applaud its publication.”—Theda Purdue