I've been looking around the Web and really the women wear a Tear Dress while the men wear the Ribbon Shirt. So perhaps you were looking for the history of the Tear Dress?
"This description is on the official Cherokee Nation website. They state, "The Cherokee Tear Dress is the standard traditional fashion for women, and the ribbon shirt stands for the men." - ewebtribe.com linked below
"In Men's Traditional style, dancers wear one bustle of natural turkey, pheasant, or eagle feathers (where legal), in addition to buckskin attire, breastplates, and a headdress of deer or horse hair called a "roach." In contrast, Southern Straight dancers may wear a ribbon shirt, without a bustle, buckskin leggings, and the usual bone breastplate" from nanitcokeindians,org - linked below
"While the Tear Dress has remained unique to the Cherokee, the male Ribbon Shirt has become familiar inter-tribal wear, especially seen on the pow-wow circuit.
The Ribbon Shirt is also made from calico fabric, with ribbon designs on the front and back. The sleeves are made similar to the Tear Dress..." from cherokee.org - linked below
Edited to fix a bad link.
The Cherokee Tear Dress Facts
Nanticoke Indian Tribe: Native American Dance Styles - Men's Traditional Straight Dances
Cherokee Clothing (modern-traditional)
Examples for comparison:
Native American Clothing and Regalia
Traditional Cherokee Tear Dresses
Men's Ribbon Shirt
Tear Dresses and Ribbon Shirts
Another male ribbon shirt