Westernization of the Cherokee Marriage Traditions and Distribution of Gender Roles
Keywords:Gender roles, interracial marriage, marriage traditions, the Cherokee Nation, westernization
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
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.