Cherokee Earth Dwellers: Stories and Teachings of the Natural World

Positioning our responsibilities as humans to our more-than-human relatives, our conversation will center on ancestral teachings informed by Ayetli gadogv – “stand in the middle” a Cherokee perspective of the natural world that has been shared amongst the many generations. From clouds to birds, oceans to quarks, an expansive Cherokee worldview of the living Land lays a foundation for humanity’s responsibility within it. Join us for this powerful discussion with Christopher Teuton.

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Cherokee Earth Dwellers: Stories and Teachings of the Natural World

by Christopher Teuton

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About the Author

Christopher B. Teuton (Cherokee Nation) is Professor and Chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington-Seattle, where he is a scholar of Indigenous oral and written literary studies, community-based cultural heritage and language revitalization work, and fieldwork exploring the perpetuation of Indigenous arts and epistemologies. Teuton is co-editor and co-author of the award-winning Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), author of Deep Waters: The Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), and author of Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), a collection of forty interwoven stories, conversations, and teachings about Western Cherokee life, beliefs, history, and the art of storytelling. In 2013 Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club received an American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation. His recently published book, Cherokee Earth Dwellers: Stories and Teachings of the Natural World (University of Washington Press, 2023), co-authored with the late Cherokee Nation leader Hastings Shade, articulates a Cherokee view of nature grounded in Cherokee names for that world as well as the stories and reflections of the elders who know it. Teuton is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

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