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Beloved Woman of the Cherokee
Nancy Ward was the Beloved Woman of the Cherokee and led the Women's Council. She also had a seat on the Council of Chiefs; spoke at treaties with the European settlers, always sought peaceful interactions between the Cherokee and white settlers. On two occasions, she warned the settlers of impending attacks by Dragging Canoe, her cousin. She saved Lydia Bean, first permanent white female settler in Tennessee, from being burned at the stake. From Lydia, Nancy learned dairying and introduced butter and cheese to the Cherokee. She is recognized as one of the most influential women in the politics of a nation.


  • Smith, D. R. Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Tennessee Historical Society: Nashville, 1968
  • Ray Smith. SmithDRay's Nancy Ward Page

 Contributed by:Ray Smith