A World War II Eagle Tail Dance: Oral Histories of Eastern Band Cherokee Veterans Open Access

Ragan, Angela Jo (Duncan) (2014)

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This study explores oral histories of Eastern Band veterans of World War II. This study is both a compilation of World War II veteran's oral histories as well as a literary analysis of the oral histories in order to uncover the stories within the stories. This dissertation seeks to restore the orality of the Eagle Tail Dance by presenting the oral histories of Eastern Band Cherokee veterans of World War II. It also seeks to understand the complexity of reasons for enlistment into the military by these veterans as well as how their service affected both their lives and their community.

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1. Introduction, 1

2. A Little Different, 28

3. The Seventh Child, 55

4. Semper Fidelis, Edson Raider, 78

5. Kind of Young for That, 112

6. Conclusion, 124


A. Veteran Interview Questionnaire, 138

B. Interview Agreement, 140

C. Interview Agreement/Transcription/Tape Usage, 141

D. Members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Who Served during World War II, 142

Bibliography, 148

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