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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 9, 2002 - Issue 54


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Nancy Ward Cherokee Heritage Days 2002


Nancy Ward Cherokee Heritage Days is an educational event for K-12 age children and their parents, educators or youth leaders. The event features two duplicate days of activities with demonstrators/teachers recommended by staff of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC, and who are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, making this the most unique event in the State of Tennessee. Activities include traditional foods, oral traditions, social songs and dances, lifeways (traditional culture), technologies (arts and crafts), language, a self-guided museum tour, and a presentation on stereotypes and contemporary Cherokee culture.

The event begins each day at 8:45 a.m. (EST) and ends at 3:45 p.m. All participants must register in advance! Cost is $4.00 per person attending per day. Participants may register for either day at their choice. Registration fee includes admission to the event, admission to Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, a resource booklet about the activities taking place to take home, and any materials required during the hands-on activities. Event participation patches are available for an additional $3.50. Registration deadline is April 1, 2002. On-site primitive camping is available to youth organizations only for $3/night. Contact Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (423-884-6246) for more camping information and to reserve campground space.

A special, hands-on workshop on Cherokee Basket Making for a limited number of adults and older students has been planned and will be confirmed at a later date.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum sits on the shore of Lake Tellico in Monroe County, Tennessee, very near the original sites of the 18th Century Cherokee cities of Chota, Toqua, and Tanasi. The Museum is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and is the only tribal-owned property in the State of Tennessee. Included on the grounds is the Cherokee Memorial, a common burial
site for the Cherokee remains recovered archeologically prior to the
flooding of Tellico Reservoir.

Within reasonable driving distance of the museum are Fort Loudon (1756-60), the Tellico Blockhouse (1794-1807), Red Clay State Park (site of some of the last treaty negotiations prior to the removal), Benton, Tennessee (the final resting place of Nancy "Nanye'hi" Ward), Cherokee and Snowbird, NC, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Vann House (Chatsworth, GA), and New Echota (Calhoun, GA). Lodging is available in nearby Maryville, Lenoir City, and Sweetwater, TN.

This project is funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, the East Tennessee Foundation, with additional funding from the Department of Tourist Development, and Sea Ray Boats. Nancy Ward Cherokee Heritage Days is co-sponsored by Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and Wisdom Keepers, Inc.

For more information please visit our website at:

Sequoyah Museum


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