Cherokee Heritage Day


Saturday, August 28, 2021         10 am – 5 pm

Micah Swimmer, Cherokee Language

Sycamore Shoals is forever linked with the rich traditions and influence of the Cherokee people.  Join us for a day devoted to sharing Cherokee history and culture through traditional arts and historic presentations. 

Guests will enjoy seeing the Aniyvwiya Dancers present traditional Cherokee dances and hearing Sonny Ledford enthrall the audience with Cherokee Lifeways.

Jarrett Grey Wildcatt sharing the beauty of the Cherokee flute and Micah Swimmer, a language instructor on the reservation, will teach some basic words and phrases from the Cherokee language.     

A wide variety of Cherokee skills will be demonstrated that include, woodcarving, beadwork, traditional basketry, finger weaving, pottery, wampum creations, cooking, blowguns and darts, along with an early Cherokee encampment.  Visitors will be able to see these creations come to life and speak with the artisans as they watch.  These rare and beautiful pieces of handmade, traditional arts and crafts will be available for purchase.

Activities for children, including making jewelry, grinding corn and using a pump drill, will also be featured.

There will be a minimal fee for admission of $6 for Adults; $3 for Ages 7 to 17;  and 6 and under are admitted Free.   Friends of Sycamore Shoals will have concessions and drinks available throughout the day.

This educational and colorful family event is presented by Indian Creek Productions, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes American Indian education and supported by Friends of Sycamore Shoals.

Fred Bradley, Cherokee Storytelling

Schedule of Events

All presentations will take place outside of Fort Watauga unless otherwise noted…..

10:30 am – 11:00 am     Cherokee Flute – Jarrett Grey Wildcatt

11:00 am – 11:30 am     Cherokee Language Lesson – Micah Swimmer

11:30 am – 12:00 pm    “Are you Smarter than a …” – Mark and Sherry Finchum

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm     Cherokee Lifeways – Sonny Ledford

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm       Traditional Cherokee Dance Demonstrations  Aniyvwiya Dancers  

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm        Trade and Treaty at Sycamore Shoals

Chad Bogart – In the Park Visitors Center

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm        Cherokee Language Lesson -Micah Swimmer

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Cherokee Flute  Jarrett Grey Wildcatt

2:30 pm – 30:30 pm       Cherokee Lifeways – Sonny Ledford

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Traditional Cherokee Dance Demonstrations

Aniyvwiya Dancers

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm        Young Warrior to Old Warrior during the Cherokee Wars                              Mark Ledford – In the Park Visitors Center

 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm        Native American Music Micah Swimmer & Dvdaya Swimmer

Presented by Indian Creek Productions, Inc.

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