Westernization of the Cherokee Marriage Traditions and Distribution of Gender Roles

  • Tea CHUMBURIDZE Mrs. Chumburidze has graduated from International Black Sea University, Faculty of Education and Humanities, major in American Studies. She has obtained her MA degree in U.S. Foreign Affairs at the same university. Currently she is a Ph.D. Candidate of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, Direction of American Studies at IBSU. She works as a Study Process Administrator of the same faculty and delivers courses on American History.
Keywords: Gender roles, interracial marriage, marriage traditions, the Cherokee Nation, westernization

Abstract

Christian missionaries had a strong influence on Native Americans’ and particularly the Cherokees’
way of living, which resulted in cultural assimilation. Due to this impact and modern
ways of living, the Cherokees had been in a constant state of change.
The main purpose of this article is to elaborate and understand the impact of Christian missionaries
on the Cherokees lifestyle, distribution of power between the Cherokee man and
woman, and the transformation from a traditional style of Cherokee marriage to more Westernized
methods.
This change implies every aspect of marriage in the Cherokee community, from the use of
dances, feasts, and festivals as a means of courtship to the marriage ceremony itself and interracial
marriage and impact of Christianity following the massive movement of white settlers
into the Cherokee territory.

Published
22-08-2016
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