Mudcat Café message #3504791 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #102165   Message #3504791
Posted By: Lighter
17-Apr-13 - 10:28 AM
Thread Name: Origin: John Cherokee
Subject: RE: Origin: John Cherokee
Whoever created the first stanzas was presumably more familiar with Mirimichi than with the Cherokee. But, very significantly, the two words do rhyme.

Persons of mixed black and Indian ancestry were considered black. Possibly the shanty arose while the "Trail of Tears" was still topical.

As Hugill once said at Mystic (concerning "The Indian Maid"), "They were sailors, not bloody ethnologists!"