Thursday, September 17, 2015

North Carolina, Part 1 = Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Back in June, my mother-in-law, son, and I went for a day trip from Chattanooga over to Asheville, NC.  Before we got to Asheville, we stopped in the town of Cherokee, in the shadow of the Smokies.  There, I quickly visited the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, because I teach my students about the tribe as part of our social studies curriculum.  Here are the photo highlights.

Border of NC and TN.

I didn't take the main highway, because I hate driving through Gatlinburg, TN.

Welcome to Cherokee, NC.


Native 'Merica!

As the sign says, this was Cherokee Veterans Park.

Notice the Cherokee alphabet / language.

The monument "Transformation Through Forgiveness" by Francis Jansen.

Cherokee, NC

Here's what I came to see...

The bear is symbolic of Sequoyah, with the alphabet he invented on his belly (and the headdress and pipe being a famous motif of his).

My son Christopher, happy to be out of the car.

This gentleman was at least 90 years old (he said his age), and was at Omaha Beach in WWII.

Welcome to the museum.

First exhibitions, featuring legends.

Spear points.


Mural of the Green Corn Ceremony, the most important festival for Southeastern Indians.

Lick Creek-style rattlesnake gorget

Can't remember if this was a medicine man or not.

Stickball!  Also known as lacrosse.

For trade and for travel.

A mural inside the museum halls (which are lengthy).

Trade guns.

I believe these men symbolize a certain Ostenaco, a famous warrior, who journeyed to London with his friends Stalking Turkey and The Pigeon.  

Another depiction, published in the St. James Chronicle in the UK.

Lots of information and viewpoints in the museum, which I enjoyed (note George Washington).

Tecumseh's defiant quote.

Sequoyah's alphabet.

The New Testament, in Cherokee.

Different perspectives again...

Wampum belt

Intense... this is the Chamber of Dissenting Voices.

The Chamber of Dissenting Voices

The Chamber of Dissenting Voices

There were "Five Civilized Tribes" that were forced to move west (Trail of Tears).  The Chickasaw was one of them.

The others were the Creeks...

The Cherokee (of course)...

The Choctaws...

...and the Seminoles.

Notice the mural of people moving west, by force.

It was a rough journey, hence the name Trail of Tears.

A gun used to execute a Cherokee farmer who resisted removal.  The man, Tsali, was condemned to death after a trial by Cherokee leaders for his part in the murder of two soldiers killed during his escape.

Trail of Tears (aka "Removal").

Almost to Oklahoma, with far fewer numbers.

Dance masks.

Another connecting hallway between exhibit halls.

This hall was all about the different points of view between the Cherokees and the English, as well as the Cherokee visits to England.

My mother-in-law didn't wish to enter the museum, so she watched Chris while I bum-rushed my way through the exhibits (not recommended...).  Chris was amused by this wagon wheel.

Coming up next = the Biltmore Estate.

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