Tag: Cherokee

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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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  5. Our Park's Edible Berries

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park Berries

    By Peyton Proffitt

    Have you ever snacked on berries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? If you haven’t, now is the time! National park visitors are allowed to pick edible berries and have a taste but are reminded not to disturb the plant as a whole. Be mindful of where you're picking and don’t wander too far off the trail. Check out the list below to decide which berries you want to search for. 

    “Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.” - Wendell Berry

    Have you ever snacked on berries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? If you haven’t, now is the time! National park visitors are allowed to pick edible berries and have a taste but are reminded not to disturb the plant as a whole. Be mindful of where you're picking and don’t wander too far off the trail. Check out the list below to decide which berries you want to search for.

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