Wilma Mankiller's autobiographhy, "Mankiller," is wonderful. She's an excellent writer and skillfully weaves her own story and the history of the Cherokee into her book.
Not long before reading her autobiography, I'd read a book called "Walk in My Soul" by Lucia St. Clair Robson. It's an historical novel based on the life of Tiana Rogers.
By the time I finished that book and Wilma Mankiller's book, I felt like I knew Nancy Ward, Stand Watie and the Ridges and John Ross.
Funny how things seem to connect. Having grown up in California and being interested in California history, I was doing some research on Joaquin Murrietta. THE book that propelled Joaquin into legendary proportions was written by John Rollin Ridge, of the Watie-Ridge-Boudinot family, who I'd learned about in the two books mentioned above. In his fictionalize account of Joaquin Murrietta, John Rollin Ridge was making a statement on racism.
And it as John Rollin Ridge's fictionalized character of Murrietta that gave rise to Zorro.