By Patrick Neal Minges
Exploring the dynamic problems with race and faith in the Cherokee state, this article appears on the function of mystery societies in shaping those forces throughout the nineteenth century.
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109 The same is true in Mvskoke society, “The balance of male and female principles permeates all Creek thinking. The balances, therefore, involve the division of various powers, functions, and privileges. ”110 The Cherokee Nation in the early colonial period was a much decentralized and often distant collection of independent and interrelated people. It was divided into several bands living in specific geographic locations speaking a common language, yet with different dialects. ”113 What connected this loose confederation of people into a nation were the ties of kinship.
56 Intermarriage among the natives and the whites who served among them continued to increase.
9 When the Revolutionary War began, Marrant became a “black loyalist” and joined the British navy; he lived in England for a short time following the war. On May 15, 1785, he was ordained to the Christian ministry under the patronage of the Countess of Huntingdon. 11 It was around this same time that Marrant also became a friend and follower of another Methodist minister by the name of Prince Hall. 13 In 1782, Hall once again petitioned the Massachusetts legislature; this time he sought to establish an African colony that was to become the modern African state of Liberia.