Two books co-authored by WCU’s Hatley reissued

Two books co-authored by Tom Hatley, Western Carolina University’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor in Cherokee Studies, that focus on cultures on opposite sides of the world have recently been reissued.

Hatley was a co-editor and contributor for “Powhatan’s Mantle: Indians in the Colonial South,” which was first published in 1989 by the University of Nebraska Press. Considered a classic study of southeastern Indians, the book’s essays show how Native Americans interacted with newcomers from Europe and Africa during the 300 years of dramatic change that began in the 16th century.

The reissued version of the book includes Hatley’s new essay about Cherokee agricultural traditions.

Also reissued is “Uncertainty on a Himalayan Scale: An Institutional Theory of Environmental Perception and a Proposal for Strategic Action.” Co-authored by Hatley and first published in 1986 by Ethnographica Press in London, the book is a critique of large-scale developmental aid projects in mountain regions and discusses the political adaptability of mountain people worldwide to resist threats to their autonomy. The new edition is being published through the Himalayan classics series of the Himal Association in Nepal.

Hatley joined WCU’s faculty as the Sequoyah Professor in 2002. He also is author of “The Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians through the Era of Revolution” and has been a contributor in Native American history to the “New Dictionary of American Biography,” “Reader’s Guide to the West” and “Oxford Encyclopedia of Military History.”