28th Native American Festival Schedule of Events


Don’t let the weather keep you away – we are prepared for the predicted rainy Saturday!   Our vendors will be located inside the Park Visitors Center and outside the building.  All of the programs will be presented indoors in the Gathering Place, which is inside the Park Visitors Center, providing for a dry and enjoyable event!

We have an exciting weekend planned with lots of wonderful and talented guests – we hope you will join us!

Inside and outside the Visitors Center we will host a variety of excellent demonstrations, which include beadwork, gourd art, pine needle basketry, stone carving, Cherokee language, wood carving, corn shuck dolls, native river cane flutes, and an educational Cherokee exhibit with historical reenactors, Mark and Sherry Finchum. In addition there will be a variety of unique craftsmen and native artisans as well as flint-knapping and pottery making demonstrations, and a primitive points exhibit and artifact identification courtesy of S. D. Dean. And don’t forget to check out the ethnic Cherokee food and Lakota Tipi exhibit! 

All proceeds from admissions go to Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, to support this event. This event is made possible by the support of Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, the DoubleTree by Hilton of Johnson City, and the Comfort Inn of Johnson City.

Admission is $6.00 per adult, and $1.00 for children

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 2     10 am – 8 pm

 

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

Daniel Bigay

10:30 am – 11:00 am     “The Cultural Meaning of Cherokee Dreams”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

11:00 am – 11:30 am   “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

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm        “The Life, Humor, and Wisdom of Will Rogers”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

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

Mark and Sherry Finchum

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm        Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

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

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group

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7:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Traditional Evening Campfire –      

Bring a blanket or folding chair!

Freeman Owle, Mark and Sherry Finchum, Dale Cloer, Daniel Bigay, Kay Little John

Located at the far end of the field between the Fort and the Visitor Center, by the edge of the tree line 

(Subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather)

 

Sunday, June 3            10 am – 6 pm

Sunday morning will feature a special opportunity to visit with the demonstrators and shop with the unique artisans and exceptional craftsmen before the day’s activities begin at 11:30!

11:30 am– 12:00 pm      Cherokee Language Workshop

Freeman Owle

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

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm        “The Cultural Meaning of Cherokee Dreams”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

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

Mark and Sherry Finchum

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm        Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group,

 

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