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According to some accounts before the coming of the Europeans the Cherokee were forced to migrate to the southern Appalachians from the northwest after a defeat at the hands of the Iroquois and Delaware Some Delaware traditions also support this but the Iroquois have no memories of such a conflict While there is probably some historical basis it is difficult to imagine a tribe as large and powerful as the Cherokee being forced to move anywhere although they may have lost some territory in the north to the Susquehannock Erie or Delaware Considering their language differences with other Iroquian groups the Cherokee probably have been a distinct group for a considerable period It seems more reasonable to assume that the Cherokee had occupied their mountain homeland for a long time before the arrival of the Europeans At the time of contact the Cherokee were a settled agricultural people living in approximately 200 fairly large villages The typical Cherokee town consisted of 30 to 60 houses and a large council house Homes were usually wattle and daub a circular framework interwoven with branches like an upside-down basket and plastered with mud The entire structure was partially sunken into ground In later periods log cabins one door with smokehole in the bark-covered roof became the general rule The large council houses were frequently located on mounds from the earlier Mississippian culture although the Cherokee themselves did not build mounds during the historic period Used for councils general meetings and religious ceremonies the council houses were also the site of the sacred fire which the Cherokee had kept burning from time immemorial Like other Iroquian peoples kinship and membership in seven matrilineal clans were determined through the mother although the womens role never achieved the importance that it enjoyed among the Iroquois League in New York In most ways the Cherokee more closely resembled the Creek and other southeastern tribes including the celebration of the Busk or Green
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