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Savanukahwn was the Raven of Chota in the late 18th century. The nephew of Oconostota, he became First Beloved Man of the Cherokee in the fall of 1781. He was ousted by the elders of the Overhill towns in 1783 in favor of the more pacifist Old Tassel. Earlier, during the Second Cherokee War (which served as a prelude to the Cherokee–American wars), he led the attack against the frontier settlements of Carter's Valley in 1776, while Dragging Canoe of Great Island led the attack on the settlements along the Holston River and Abraham of Chilhowie led the attacks on the Watauga and Nolichucky Rivers, all these being in what is now East Tennessee.


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Preceded by
First Beloved Man
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