Native American Festival Schedule of Events

Eddie Swimmer

Saturday, May 30     10 am – 8 pm

 

10:00 am – 10:30 am     Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

 

10:30 am – 11:00 pm     “Cherokee Cultural Masks in the 21st Century “,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

 

11:00 am – 11:30 pm   “Are you Smarter than a …”

                           Mark and Sherry Finchum

 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm     Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

                              Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer and Mossy Creek

 

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm         “The Cherokee Four Winds”

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm         “Are you Smarter than a …”

                              Mark and Sherry Finchum

 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm       Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

 

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

 

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm –      Native American Dance & Drum Demonstration &              Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer and Mossy Creek

                             

In the Amphitheater through the Back Gate of the Fort-

7:00 – 8:00 pm              Traditional Evening Campfire

Freeman Owle, Mark and Sherry Finchum, Dale Cloer, Daniel Bigay

 

Sunday, May 31         11 am – 4 pm

 

11:00 pm– 11:30 pm     Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

 

11:30 pm – 12:00 pm                 Cherokee Cultural Masks in the 21st Century “,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

 

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm     Cherokee Language Workshop

Freeman Owle

 

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm       “Are you Smarter than a …”

                              Mark and Sherry Finchum

 

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

 

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm         Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm         Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrati0n &           Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer and Mossy Creek

 

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Gillian Roberts joins us as our new Seasonal Interpretive Ranger!

Please welcome to Sycamore Shoals, our new Seasonal Interpretive Ranger, Gillian Roberts!

 Gillian Roberts - May 2015

Gillian will be with us for the 2015 summer season presenting historic programming, nature study opportunities, and tours. She comes to us from Englewood, Tennessee and has just recently graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens with her degree in History and English. 

A few words from Gillian….. 

“My family has always been interested in history and I suppose they have instilled their love for it in me throughout the years, and for that I am always grateful. Within twenty minutes of my house I can be in the Cherokee Natural Forest and have grown up loving to hike, camp, fish, and appreciate the outdoors. My dream job has been to become a Park Ranger or Interpretive Specialist, so we shall see what the future holds! 

In the meantime, I am excited to share with our park guests, the great history and culture of upper East Tennessee. This summer I hope to teach someone something they did not know before their visit to the park….whether it is about the Watauga settlement or the Carter family that first settled in this area.   I hope that many will learn and appreciate that this is not only where it began for the state of Tennessee, but also for the United State of America.” 

This is why our Tennessee State Parks are so important; they protect and preserve the history and culture of our state for generations to come. I look forward to a summer filled with fun and learning and hope to see you all in the coming months!”

 

Look for Gillian’s  “History at Home” summer programs on this webpage under Monthly Interpretive Programs

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25th annual Native American Festival Schedule of Events

               Admission is $5.00 per adult, and $1.00 for children

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 30      10 am – 8 pm

10:00 am – 10:30 am     Native American Flute                  Daniel Bigay

10:30 am – 11:00 pm      “Cherokee Cultural Masks in the 21st Century “,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

11:00 am – 11:30 pm    “Are you Smarter than a …”           Mark and Sherry Finchum

11:30 am – 12:00 pm     Cherokee Storytelling                        Freeman Owle

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

                                          Blowgun Demonstration              Dale Cloer and Mossy Creek

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm         “The Cherokee Four Winds”

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm         “Are you Smarter than a …”          Mark and Sherry Finchum

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm        Native American Flute                     Daniel Bigay

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Cherokee Storytelling                      Freeman Owle

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  –      Native American Dance & Drum Demonstration

                                         Blowgun Demonstration           Dale Cloer and Mossy Creek

 

                             In the Amphitheater through the Back Gate of the Fort

7:00 – 8:00 pm              Traditional Evening Campfire

Freeman Owle, Mark and Sherry Finchum, Dale Cloer, Daniel Bigay

 

Sunday, May 31     11 am – 4 pm

11:00 pm– 11:30 pm      Native American Flute                         Daniel Bigay

11:30 pm – 12:00 pm      Cherokee Cultural Masks in the 21st Century “,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm     Cherokee Language Workshop         Freeman Owle

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm       “Are you Smarter than a …”            Mark and Sherry Finchum

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Native American Flute                          Daniel Bigay

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm         Cherokee Storytelling                          Freeman Owle

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm         Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

                                          Blowgun Demonstration               Dale Cloer and Mossy Creek

 

  • Our 2015 featured artist is Lola Swimmer!
  • Our featured dancers are internationally known hoop dancer
    • Eddie Swimmer, and champion powwow dancer Nikki Crisp!
  • Our featured storyteller is Freeman Owle!
  • Our featured speaker is Dr. Michael Abram!
  • Our featured musician is Daniel Bigay!
  • Special thanks to Dale Cloer, Mark and Sherry Finchum

 

The interior of the fort will also host a variety of excellent demonstrations, which include a children’s blowgun challenge, beadwork, gourd art, pine needle basketry, stone carving, Cherokee language, wood carving, flint-knapping, corn shuck dolls , native river cane flutes, pottery, and a replicated Cherokee cabin from the early 19th century with historical reenactors, Mark and Sherry Finchum.  

Just outside the fort, exceptional Native American arts and crafts will be featured, in addition to ethnic Cherokee food, and a Lakota Tipi exhibit.

 

Additional Information –

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area – 423-543-5808

http://www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

http://www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

 

 

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