Cherokee

This image was taken in Cherokee, on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Images like this were common as you drove through Appalachia in the mid-1970s. In the next twenty years, a rising tide of political awareness would replace the term “Indian” with “Native American.” I noted recently (October, 2013) that the NFL Washington Redskins are in the middle of a controversy about whether the team name constitutes a racial slur.

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