Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to host Wagnon book signing

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/10/2018 08:15 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
“The Land of the Great Turtles” is Cherokee Nation citizen Brad Wagnon’s second book. He will be signing the book from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 29 at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee. The book’s description reads: “When the Creator gave the Cherokee people a beautiful island with everything they could ever need, it came with only one rule – to take care of the land and the animals living there. But, what happens when the children decide to play instead of taking care of their responsibilities?”
VONORE, Tenn. – Cherokee Nation citizen and author Brad Wagnon will sign his new book, “The Land of the Great Turtles,” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 29 at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

Wagnon is a lifelong resident of the Gideon Community in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Tahlequah High School (1997) and Northeastern State University (2001) with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and Native American Studies. He taught Cherokee history, culture and language at THS from 2005-15 and has worked for the CN’s Community and Cultural Outreach as a technical assistance specialist since June 2015.

He is the author of two children’s books, “How the World Was Made: A Cherokee Story” and “The Land of the Great Turtles.” Both are based on traditional Cherokee stories.

Although the new Sequoyah Birthplace exhibit’s soft opening won’t be until June, with a grand opening in July, museum staff is gearing up to host events, programs and lectures.

The creator of the Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah was born near the museum site in 1776. The mission of the museum, a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The museum is located at 576 Highway 360. For more information, email seqmus@tds.net or call 423-884-6246.

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