Cherokees | Native American Heritage Collection

The Snowbird Cherokees looks at life in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, particularly in the relatively isolated traditional community of Snowbird, deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. When Cherokees were evicted from their native lands by the United States government in 1838, many of the ancestors of Snowbird managed to flee in advance of the soldiers, returning to their homes after months of hiding in the forests of the Smokey Mountains.

In addition to exploring the daily lives and culture of the Eastern Cherokees, this program delves into the history of the Cherokees, especially since the arrival of European whites in their territory. Descriptions of traditional Cherokee beliefs offer some insight into their worldview and how Cherokees today see their world and their future. Intercutting historical elements with contemporary life in the Eastern Band, this is one of the few programs that focuses on Eastern, rather than Western, Cherokees.

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The Trail of Tears | History In A Nutshell
The Trail of Tears | History In A Nutshell

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Join our cartoon avatar host as he takes viewers through a brief expose on the events leading up to the forced removal of Native American tribes from the eastern United States. After the American...
Sassafras Mountain | From the Sky
Sassafras Mountain | From the Sky

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Located along the South Carolina - North Carolina border in Pickens County and towering over 3,500 feet, Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in the state of South Carolina.
Lake Jocassee | From the Sky
Lake Jocassee | From the Sky

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The enchanting peaks and serene basins of Lake Jocassee are unlike anything else in South Carolina! And they can best be seen...From the Sky! Fly over the 75,000-acre reservoir that is commonly known...
Richard Pearis | Let's Go!
Richard Pearis | Let's Go!

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When Richard Pearis established a home in the Greenville area around 1770, it was all Native American hunting ground and there were very few European settlers. He is considered the first resident of...