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The article presents two notices from 1868 written by Will Thomas conveying his instructions to Cherokee leaders in Qualla. Thomas owned a trading post at Qualla. The notices were recently discovered in the Bureau of American Ethnology archives and illustrate how Thomas carried out written communication with Cherokee leaders.
A fragment of the Cherokee migration story presented to Alexander Long in 1717 is provided and then analyzed. The story’s explanation of the Cherokee migration seems unlikely from a contemporary perspective because of claims about their ancient writing system, their diet, and a migration pattern from east to west. All of these seem unlikely for various reasons, but the author focuses on the migration pattern. However, when considered the geography in the tale from a different perspective, this could be an account of an Indian crossing from Northeast Asia into northwestern North America.