Cherokee Heritage Day Saturday will feature discussion on ‘Contemporary Cherokee Life’

Published 1:06 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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A panel discussion entitled, “Contemporary Cherokee Life,” will be a new feature of the second annual Cherokee Heritage Day event at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park on Saturday, Aug. 27. Sycamore Shoals, forever linked with the rich traditions and influence of the Cherokee people, is offering a day devoted to sharing Cherokee history and culture through traditional arts and historic presentations.
The panel will feature Tyra Maney, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and serves as the reigning Miss Cherokee. Her platform is cultural revitalization with a focus on women and gender roles. She is a senior at Kennesaw State University and works at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian as a graphic designer.
Also on the panel will be Lilyan Wright, who lives on the Qualla Boundary. She was born and raised there. “During my adulthood, I fell deeper in love with my traditions and devoted my career to preservation of the Cherokee tribe in culture, history, and community.”
Guests will also enjoy seeing the Tsalagi Dancers present traditional Cherokee dances, learn some words and phrases in the Cherokee language, and test their knowledge of Cherokee history and culture in a game show atmosphere. The day also includes flute music, storytelling, lectures, and children’s activities, along with many highly talented craftspeople who will be demonstrating their skills. Guests will be able to watch and learn as wood carving, beadwork, finger weaving, pottery and many other works of art are created on site. These rare and beautiful pieces of handmade, traditional arts and crafts will be available for purchase.
There will be a minimal fee for admission of $8 for adults; $3 for ages 7 to 17; and 6 and under are admitted free. Friends of Sycamore Shoals will have concessions and drinks available also.
This educational and colorful family event is presented by Indian Creek Productions, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes American Indian education. Sponsors include Friends of Sycamore Shoals and the Hampton Inn of Johnson City.

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