Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
Health, Human Performance and Recreation
Cathy D. Lirgg
Dean R. Gorman
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the sociocultural experiences of Cherokee adults in athletic competition and sport. Specifically, following a qualitative design, fifteen participants were interviewed about their personal experiences in athletic competition and sport while growing up in rural Oklahoma. Interviews were open-ended and followed a semi-structured script of questions with additional probes. Once completed, the recorded interviews were transcribed and data were analyzed. The data revealed six axial codes and three selective codes. Cherokee culture, psychosocial identity, and athletic competition were the three major selective codes discovered in this study. Qualitative analyses revealed that participants have lived in an environment that is conducive for athletic growth, cultural awareness, and social exploration. The family, schools, and communities offer simple, yet stable surroundings. Athletic and social identities are formed at early ages and are fostered by the close knit Cherokee culture.
Merrie, Michael Dewayne, "Examining the Sociocultural Experiences of Cherokee Nation Citizens in Athletic Competition and Sport" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1786.