Other traditional Cherokee crafts include the carving of soapstone, primarily for pipes, weaving, creation of elaborate dance masks, pottery, beadwork, and various kinds of metalsmiths. Cherokee traditionally buried their dead in the earth as they believed that the plants fed the animals, the animals and plants fed the people, and the people, at their death, should return to the earth and feed the plants.Burial usually took place the day after the person died."While I was doing field work in Southern Appalachia, I noticed that whenever I saw a honey locust, I could throw a rock and hit a Cherokee archeological site.I knew that, in the late Pleistocene era, the main source of dispersal for honey locusts was megafauna such as mastodons.Cherokee men once wore only a breechcloth and moccasins in warm weather.New research suggests that Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust) distribution in the Southern Appalachian region is more strongly patterned by Native American settlements dating back centuries than by niche requirements or alternative methods of seed dispersal.
"The purpose of this research was to test the hypothesis that a centuries-old legacy of Cherokee cultivation explains current regional distribution patterns." Warren describes his findings in Ghosts of Cultivation Past: Native American dispersal legacy persists in tree distribution, published in PLOS ONE on March 16, 2016.
However, Warren--whose research focuses on biotic dispersal of plant seeds leading to plant distribution--decided to investigate further.
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The Cherokee people are best known for their fine baskets usually made from cane, white oak, hickory bark and honeysuckle.
Originally the only two materials used for dyes were black walnut and blood root.