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Rescheduled: Reception for Sounds of Tohi: Cherokee Health and Well-Being in Southern Appalachia

Join us at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 7th at 5:30 p.m. We will host a reception for the contributors of Sounds of Tohi: Cherokee Health and Well-Being in Southern Appalachia. Authors Lisa Lefler and Tom Belt will be joined by Tom Hatley (Afterword) to celebrate the release. 

Sounds of Tohi : Cherokee Health and Well-Being in Southern Appalachia is the result of almost two decades of work by medical anthropologist Lisa J. Lefler and Cherokee elder and traditionalist Thomas N. Belt. The narrative consists of a dialogue between them that displays traditional Indigenous knowledge as well as the importance of place for two people from cultures and histories that intersect in the mountains of Southern Appalachia. Together, Lefler and Belt decolonize thinking about health, well-being, and environmental issues through the language and experiences of people whose identity is inextricably linked to the mountains and landscape of western North Carolina.

Lefler and Belt discuss several critical cultural concepts that explain the science of relationships with this world, with the spirit world, and with people. They explore tohi, the Cherokee concept of health, which offers a more pervasive understanding of relationships in life as balanced and moving forward in a good way. They converse about the importance of matrilineality, particularly in light of community healing, the epistemologies of Cherokee cosmography, and decolonizing counseling approaches.

The discussions here offer a different way of approaching the issues that face Americans in this difficult time of division. Lefler and Belt share their urgency to take action against the wholesale exploitation of public lands and the shared environment, to work to perpetuate tribal languages, preserve the science that can make a difference in how people treat one another, and create more forums that are inclusive of Native and marginalized voices and that promote respect and appreciation of one another and the protection of sacred places. Throughout, they rely on the preservation of traditional knowledge, or Native science, via Native language to provide insight as to why people should recognize a connection to the land.

Lisa J. Lefler is the director of the Culturally-Based Native Health Program at Western Carolina University and also the founder and former executive director of the Center for Native Health. She is editor of Anthropology: Weaving Our Discipline with Community, Under the Rattlesnake: Cherokee Health and Resiliency, and Southern Foodways and Culture: Local Considerations and Beyond and coeditor of Southern Indians and Anthropologists: Culture, Politics, and Identity.

Thomas N. Belt is a retired coordinator of Western Carolina University's program in Cherokee language and recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Western Carolina University and a national honor for service from the Cherokee Nation. He is co-founder of the annual Rooted in the Mountains Symposium.

Sounds of Tohi: Cherokee Health and Well-Being in Southern Appalachia (Contemporary American Indian Studies) By Ph.D. Lisa J. Lefler, Thomas N. Belt, T. J. Holland (Foreword by), Pamela Duncan (Foreword by), Tom Hatley (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Ph.D. Lisa J. Lefler, Thomas N. Belt, T. J. Holland (Foreword by), Pamela Duncan (Foreword by), Tom Hatley (Afterword by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9780817321192
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Published: University Alabama Press - September 13th, 2022

Anthropology: Weaving Our Discipline with Community By Lisa J. Lefler Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780986080388
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Published: Newfound Press - August 19th, 2020

Under the Rattlesnake: Cherokee Health and Resiliency (Contemporary American Indian Studies) By Ph.D. Lisa J. Lefler (Editor), Susan Leading Fox (Foreword by), Dr. Heidi M. Altman (Contributions by), Thomas N. Belt (Contributions by), Russell Townsend (Contributions by), Michelle D. Hamilton (Contributions by), Roseanna Belt (Contributions by), David N. Cozzo (Contributions by), Jenny James (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Ph.D. Lisa J. Lefler (Editor), Susan Leading Fox (Foreword by), Dr. Heidi M. Altman (Contributions by), Thomas N. Belt (Contributions by), Russell Townsend (Contributions by), Michelle D. Hamilton (Contributions by), Roseanna Belt (Contributions by), David N. Cozzo (Contributions by), Jenny James (Contributions by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780817355296
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Alabama Press - May 1st, 2009

A Trio of North Carolina Poets

 

 

City Lights Bookstore will host a trio of North Carolina poets on Saturday, October 8th, at 3 p.m.  Pat Riviere-Seel, Paul Jones, and Ben Cutler will all share their respective work.

Pat Riviere-Seel is the author of three collections of poetry. Her latest is When There Were Horses. A native of Shelby, NC, Pat grew to love the western NC mountains and spent much of her adult life finding her way back to the state and the landscape she loved. Her poems were first published when she was an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. After graduation, Pat worked as a newspaper journalist, publicist, and lobbyist for the Maryland State House nonprofit organizations. She returned to North Carolina in 1992 to work for Rural Southern Voice for Peace as editor of the bimonthly journal, a publication she renamed Voices.

Paul Jones has published poetry in many journals, including Poetry, Hudson Review, River Heron Review, Broadkill Review, and North Carolina Literary Review. Recently, he was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and two Best of the Web Awards. Redhawk Publications released his most recent collection, Something Wonderful last fall. 

Swain County poet and educator Ben Cutler is the author of The Geese Who Might Be Gods. Cutler’s first book of poems is rooted in a particular soil, or bone, of this world, the mountains and rivers of the southern Appalachians, but its branches and crowns stretch out to the hope of a post-apocalyptic tomato sandwich and back to Eden. 

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We're tickled to have connected with Macon County artist, Matt Gauck who created the "reading by lightning bug" drawing to highlight the southern Appalachian setting of this City Lights Bookstore.

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