Cherokee Woman Doing a War Dance 1828
 
-Women in Cherokee society were equal to men. They could earn the title of War Women and sit in councils as equals. An enemy threat toward a Cherokee tribe led to a ceremonial gathering, where braves took part in a war dance while contemplating retaliation. The dance stirred emotions and filled the warriors with a profound sense of purpose as they prepared for battle.

-1828, Gold was discovered in Cherokee Land.

-The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this imposter; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.

(Jean Jacques Rousseau, "A Dissertation On the Origin and Foundation of the Inequality of Mankind"

-India Ink on 140lbs Watercolor Paper 9x12 inches, unframed, signed on the front in ink.

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