Cherokee medicinal and magical texts, 1928-1936


Date: 1928-1936 | Size: 2 volume(s)


Recorded in the Sequoyan syllabary. Part of the papers of Will West Long of Big Cove, Qualla Reservation, North Carolina. In the hand of Long, Morgan Calhoun, Lawyer Calhoun, etc.; several pages in English, relating to Indian masks and Indians and Snake Battle. List of dancers, 1936. Native American Images Note Part of the papers of Will West Long of Big Cove Reservation, North Carolina. Two notebooks written in Sequoyan syllabary. As a consultant to Frank Speck, Mr. Long (1870-1947) played a key role in collecting and transmitting information about traditional Cherokee culture. A unique example of Sequoyan Cherokee script known as "talking leaves." Of note, a green pencil figure sketch, 2 x 3", on page 55 of the smaller notebook. Presented by John Witthoft in 1953.

Collection Information

Physical description

2 volumes.


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Reproduction of this material, including Reading Room photography, is restricted due to cultural sensitivity concerns. Please consult the Manuscripts Librarian for information.


Presented by John Witthoft, 1953.

Indexing Terms


  • Notebooks.
  • Sketches.


  • Cherokee Indians
  • Indians of North America -- Medicine -- North Carolina
  • Medicine.