Cherokee History And Culture At NMAI During April 2015.
“We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country that the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth…it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood… we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear.” Charles Hicks, Tsalagi (Cherokee) Vice Chief on the Trail of Tears, August 4, 1838.
The Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee are partnering to host “Cherokee Days,” an educational program that shares the true Cherokee story. The three Nations will share the Cherokee story that reveals their common history, and showcase their cultural lifeways during the festival. Cherokee Days includes a three-day program featuring dance, music, artist demonstrations, films, and hands-on activities for kids and families.
“We had hoped that the white men would not be willing to travel beyond the mountains. Now that hope is gone. They have passed the mountains, and have settled upon Tsalagi (Cherokee) land. They wish to have that usurpation sanctioned by treaty. When that is gained, the same encroaching spirit will lead them upon other land of the Tsalagi (Cherokees). New cessions will be asked.” Chief Dragging Canoe, Chickamauga Tsalagi (Cherokee).
Calendar: Friday, April 10 2015 to Sunday, April 12 2014.
National Museum of The American Indian in Washington DC http://nmai.si.edu/
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!
“I believe it is in the power of the Indians unassisted, but united and determined, to hold their country. We cannot expect to do this without serious losses and many privations, but we possess the spirit of our fathers, and are resolved never to be enslaved by an inferior race, and trodden under the feet of an ignorant and insolent foe, we, the Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Seminoles, and Tsalagi (Cherokees), never can be conquered…” Confederate General Stand Waitie, Tsalagi (Cherokee).
Video: Native American Indian Spirit of Meditation.