Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is celebrating the first day of spring by partnering with Berry College to present “Ancestral Seeds: Cherokee Gardening Past and Present” by Dr. James Veteto, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University. Veteto is also the Executive Director of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies, Director of the Southern Seed Legacy, and a Research Associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
The lecture will begin at 6:00pm on Monday, March 20th in Evans Auditorium on the Berry College campus. Prior to the lecture, Dr. Veteto will lead a “Walk and Talk” presentation at Chieftains Museum from 4:30-5:15pm discussing his work with the Southern Seed Legacy, a seed saving program at the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies in North Carolina, as he and visitors tour the Major Ridge Demonstration Garden on the museum campus. The preview is a rain or shine event, with the presentation to take place inside the museum should the weather prove uncooperative.
These events are funded by a grant from Berry College to promote Cherokee history and agriculture through a partnership between the museum and the Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation project directed by Dr. Brian Campbell as part of the Environmental Studies program. Both events are free and open to the public.