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Author Nadia Dean to discuss Cherokee War of 1776 tomorrow

Legend suggests the origins of his name. When he was a boy, his father, Attakullakulla, was setting off with a war party. He begged his father to take him along. He was too young, his father told him, but he persisted. His father challenged hi: if he moved the canoe, he could go. As he pulled the heavy canoe across a stretch of shoreline, the warriors began yelling, “Look, he’s dragging the canoe!” From then on, his people called him Tsiyugunsini, meaning, Dragging Canoe.

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