Tag: Cherokee

  1. Park invites visitors to “We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga” Storybook Trail

    Park invites visitors to “We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga” Storybook Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites visitors to experience the We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga Storybook Trail on Saturday, October 8, through Friday, November 12, on the Oconaluftee River Trail near Cherokee, North Carolina. This unique opportunity allows visitors of all ages to learn about Cherokee culture through dual-language Read more...
  2. Image for the Asking: A Place Called Mulberry

    Image for the Asking: A Place Called Mulberry Story and image by Don McGowan There is a great mountain in the heart of the Smokies. It is called Kuwahi. It has this name because it is a place where mulberry trees were found; in Tsalagi—the language of the Cherokee—Kuwahi means “Mulberry Place.” To the Cherokee people it is sacred; and to the European settlers who Read more...
  3. Participation High for Third Year of Cherokee Sochan Gathering in Park

    Participation High for Third Year of Cherokee Sochan Gathering in Park By Frances Figart  While the word “harvest” usually brings autumn to mind, spring is the time of year for harvesting sochan. Also known as green-headed coneflower, sochan plays an important role in the cultural heritage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who gathered food and medicine directly from the land in the Great Read more...
  4. Remarkable Women of the Smokies

    Remarkable Women of the Smokies By Sarah Shiver Many inspiring and influential women have ties to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some lived and died in the Smokies before the park was established, while others advocated for the park’s creation or drew artistic inspiration from it. In honor of Women’s History Month, here is a look at three women of the smokies Read more...
  5. Wildlife Biologist for Eastern Band of Cherokee Shares Indigenous Knowledge  

    Wildlife Biologist for Eastern Band of Cherokee Shares Indigenous Knowledge    by Frances Figart, Creative Services Director The supervisory fisheries and wildlife biologist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is Caleb Hickman. But Hickman is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, one of two other federally recognized Cherokee tribes. “We share a common ancestry here in the mountains,” Hickman Read more...
  6. Balsam Mountain Trial

    Balsam Mountain Trial

    After traversing its lower section three times, I dreamed for the next three years of finally hiking the upper section of Balsam Mountain Trail. I finally got my chance this past July.

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