Wil Usdi - Thoughts from the Asylum

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Adopted into the Cherokee tribe as a teenager, William Holland Thomas (1805-1893), known to the Cherokees as Wil Usdi (Little Will), went on to have a distinguished career as a lawyer, politician, and soldier.  He spent the last decades of his life in a mental hospital, where the pioneering ethnographer James Mooney interviewed him extensively about Cherokee lifeways.  The true story of Will Usdi's life forms the basis for this historical novella.

By Robert J. Conley

Foreword by Luther Wilson