This chapter discusses how J. W. Tyner crisscrossed northeastern Oklahoma documenting Cherokee life after allotment as part of the American Indian Oral History Project, commonly known as the Doris Duke Collection after the foundation that sponsored this massive undertaking. Tyner, a Cherokee from Adair County, conducted many of his interviews with elders while driving in his car. Cruising through the back roads of the western Ozarks, his passengers talked about the journeys of their lifetimes. They told stories of what had changed, but mostly they talked about what remained the same and important: family and the land that sustained them. The countryside itself testified to this. The landscape still bore the names of Cherokee families that had lived there at the beginning of the twentieth century when the Cherokee Nation was allotted and, in many cases, continued to live there.
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