Snowbird Cherokee | Periscope

Photo of Appalachian hills, courtesy of J. Boer, ca. 2002

More than likely, you have heard of the Cherokee Indian tribe. Before the 1800s, they were one of the largest tribes in the eastern United States. After the 1800s, the Cherokee people still living in the eastern United States were few. Those who remained hid in order to stay alive. But the Appalachian hills and their plentiful game, water, and edible plants, kept these few remaining Cherokee alive.

What caused the Cherokee to leave their homes? And where are the descendants of these Cherokee now? The information that follows answers these questions. It will also introduce you to a very special group of people in North Carolina, the Snowbird Cherokee.