C. Snowbird Cherokee | Periscope

Photo: Appalachian hills and the sky by J. Boer, ca. 2002

Learn about a North Carolina community that practices traditions passed down from their ancient ancestors in Snowbird Cherokee.

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Snowbird Cherokee | Periscope
Snowbird Cherokee | Periscope

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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...
Chapter 1: The Early Cherokee | Periscope
Chapter 1: The Early Cherokee | Periscope

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The group of Native Americans known as the Cherokee have lived in the southeastern United States for thousands of years. Their population at one time numbered over 20,000 people. Before the 1800s...
Cherokee Government, Trade & More | Periscope
Cherokee Government, Trade & More | Periscope

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The Cherokee had a system of government, trade and a religious order. The Cherokee also had a capital city. In the 1700s, the capital of the Cherokee tribe was Echota, which means "a peaceful place."...
Legendary War Chief, Oconostota | Periscope
Legendary War Chief, Oconostota | Periscope

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Oconostota: The original site of Echota was flooded while building a lake, but prior to its loss, archaeologist John Green discovered the grave site of the legendary war chief, Oconostota. Photo...
Chapter 2: The Trail of Tears | Periscope
Chapter 2: The Trail of Tears | Periscope

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So what became of the once grand Cherokee nation? In 1830, the United States Congress passed the Indian Removal Act. The government of the United States wanted to move Native Americans from land in...
Chapter 3: The Snowbird Cherokee | Periscope
Chapter 3: The Snowbird Cherokee | Periscope

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Only a few Cherokee escaped the Indian Removal Act. Those who remained found safe hiding places in the remote mountains and valleys of Appalachia. Today, the Snowbird community is home to many...
Snowbird Cherokee Community | Periscope
Snowbird Cherokee Community | Periscope

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The Snowbird Cherokee community looks like a typical American community in many ways. There are schools, churches, cars and roads. The Snowbird Cherokee play on local football teams and Snowbird youth...
Tradition and The Snowbird | Periscope
Tradition and The Snowbird | Periscope

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Over 500 Cherokee now live on tribal lands that make up the Snowbird Community. Tribal lands, or reservations, are protected for use by Native Americans. The Snowbird Cherokee have kept much of their...
Children Learn Cherokee Language | Periscope
Children Learn Cherokee Language | Periscope

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In Snowbird, some children learn the Cherokee language before they learn English. There are festivals to celebrate Cherokee ancestors and elders and the changing of seasons. Traditional arts, dance...