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for Southern Indian Studies Vol. 14 Issue , Oct 1962
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The parallels between cultures of American Indians groups and native Asian peoples are highlighted through shared religious mythology and related linguistic patterns. The importance of the serpent and turtle as symbols in both cultures are discussed in depth along with the Flood myth or archetype. Also discussed are the consonant sounds present in the words water and serpent and their presence in the languages of Asiatic peoples and American Indians. One group highlighted in connection to the Asiatic cultures is the Cherokee of the Eastern United States.
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.
Presented are several documents in the Cherokee language about the life at the Echota Methodist Mission on Qualla Boundary in the middle of the 19th century. Most of the documents were written by Inoli a Methodist preacher and keeper of the townhouse records. The documents discuss minutes from Sunday School, the conversions of members to the church, and information about early Christian figures.