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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Friday, August 10, 2007

Today In History...

...Tennessee "militia" massacre 110 Cherokee women and children at Ywahoo Falls located in what is now McCreary County, Kentucky (1810)



Anonymous Paul R. said...

There is some doubt as to whether the Ywahoo Falls Massacre ever happened. John Cornsilk has declared it "bullshyt" (David Cornsilk had a more detailed post debunking the story, but I haven't been able to find it).

8/12/2007 10:47 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

That's a fair point. And certainly, there are enough verifiable attrocities against Native Americans that we shouldn't need to invent any. It's also possible that the actual facts of the incident (including the number of victims) has become exagerrated with the retelling. The story certainly sounds true, especially given John Sevier's penchant for genocidal statements, but yes we should admit that there is evidence to doubt its authenticity.

8/12/2007 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Paul R said...

The references to "Princess" Cornblossom in the narrative you linked to might arouse some suspicions.

8/12/2007 10:50 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

True, and I did notice that with a grimmace, but there are references to "Emperor" Moytoy in the historical records, as well, and they still refer to a person who actually existed, so I'm not immediately inclined to write something off entirely just because the historical record is scattered with some inaccuracies. The fact that some reports claim that there is no record of the Massacre prior to 1994, however, is fairly suspicious, if true, though I don't immediately dismiss oral records and histories as white historians inevitably do.

8/13/2007 10:44 AM  

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