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The 21st-century town of Cherokee sparkles with modern architecture, a bustling shopping district, and numerous tourist attractions. Beneath its progressive exterior is an ancient homeland where Cherokee people once lived in villages that occupied parts of eight modern states. They hunted game along steep mountainsides and planted fields of corn, squash, and beans, known as the "Three Sisters," along rivers and streams. The Cherokee who now live in western North Carolina are descended from those who did not travel the "Trail of Tears" but remain on a portion of their original homeland. Today, the Eastern Band of Cherokee is a sovereign nation. The tribe works to preserve its language and culture through the promotion of heritage destinations. Sited at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee is home to the Oconaluftee Indian Village, Unto These Hills, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, and Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
ISBN: 9781467116534
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
M. Anna Fariello is the author of three books on Cherokee arts and crafts, writer of numerous book chapters and articles, curator of over 40 exhibitions, and speaker on topics related to the region's rich culture. In 2013, she received a Guardians of Culture Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.
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