Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host a Family Free Day with Cherokee crafts, dance, and stickball demonstrations on Saturday June 17th from 11am-4pm on the museum campus.
Chieftains is partnering with Dr. Allen Bryant, Associate Professor in the College of Education at Appalachian State University, and Heath Robertson, a teacher at Cherokee High School, to bring Cherokee culture to our community for this event. Dr. Bryant facilitates a partnership with Cherokee Central Schools to encourage American Indian students on the Qualla Boundry in North Carolina to pursue the field of education, a great need in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Dr. Bryant will bring several of his Cherokee high school students to northwest Georgia to learn more about their history and promote their culture in our region.
These students will conduct all the activities at the museum during the Family Free Day on June 17th that is free and open to the public. Visitors will receive free admission to the museum, and will experience cultural demonstrations of Cherokee arts and crafts, storytelling, and the Bear and Friendship dances.
Cherokee stickball demonstrations and lessons will also be given throughout the day for visitors, providing a glimpse into the past to learn about the game that eventually gave rise to modern-day lacrosse.
For more information about the Family Free day event, visit www.chieftainsmuseum.org or call (706) 291-9494.