Cherokee Heritage Day To
Feature New Activities
Cherokee Heritage Day at James White’s Fort will feature some new activities this year. Among them will be a Cherokee language lesson, a hand drum demonstration, primitive tools for the children to try, and a lecture on the Trail of Tears as 2013 marks the 175th anniversary of the forced removal.
Treaty of the Holston – June 22, 2013
Gates Open at 10:00 am
10:15 am – Cherokee Storytelling
10:45 am – Cherokee Language Lesson
11:15 am – Hand Drum Demonstration
11:30 am – Traditional Cherokee Dancing
Noon – The Prelude to the Treaty of the Holston
12:30 pm – Treaty of the Holston Signing Ceremony
1:15 pm – The Aftermath of the Treaty of the Holston
1:45 pm – Trail of Tears
2:15 pm – Traditional Cherokee Dancing
2:45 pm – “Are You Smarter Than A…” Game Show
3:15 pm – Cherokee Storytelling
Gates Close at 4:00 pm
(schedule subject to change without prior notice)
Louise Brown and Micah Swimmer, both employed by the school system in Cherokee, North Carolina, will teach a class in basic Cherokee language and demonstrate the use of a hand drum respectively. Mark and Sherry Finchum, of Indian Creek Productions, Inc., will present a slide show on the Trail of Tears and a representative of McClung Museum on the University of Tennessee campus will provide the opportunity to experience drilling with bow drills and grinding corn with stones.
In addition to the new features, the event will also include activities that have proven to be popular over the past several years. Traditional Cherokee dances will be performed, along with Cherokee storytelling. In the afternoon, a highlight of the day will be the reenactment of the signing of the Treaty of the Holston, which originally took place in Knoxville in 1791.
Guests will also have an opportunity to visit a Cherokee campsite, interact with members of the militia, tour the fort, and see a variety of pioneer skills displayed.
Scheduled for 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 22nd, the event is once again being offered free to the public. Cherokee Heritage Day is a cooperative effort between the James White’s Fort Association and Indian Creek Productions, Inc.
Funding for Cherokee Heritage Day is provided in part by grants and sponsorships from: Akima Club of Knoxville, Arts & Heritage Fund, City People, Clayton Bank & Trust, Mr. David Dewhirst, Knoxville City Council and Mr. Ed Shouse.
James White’s Fort is located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive in downtown Knoxville.
For more information or reservations call 525-6514.