Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Gina Caison

Second Advisor

John Burrison

Third Advisor

Audrey Goodman


Despite playing a large role in the history of the Cherokee Removal, Dahlonega, Georgia has received relatively little academic attention. This study looks at the Native Southern heritage of Dahlonega through the example of Trahlyta, a Cherokee Indian Princess buried at the intersection of two highways marked by a pile of rocks and a Georgia Historical Marker. Trahlyta has appeared in the folklore and literature of Dahlonega for over a hundred years. She has been the subject of a short story, a play, a novel, blog posts, and songs. Although it seems likely that Trahlyta is a figure created by white Georgians, her various manifestations reveal a great deal about the relationship between Dahlonega and its Cherokee past.