Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to host Cherokee Fall Festival
The noted Cherokee linguist and ambassador Sequoyah was born near the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum site in 1776. The museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
VONORE, Tenn. – The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum will host its 27th annual Cherokee Fall Festival on Sept. 8-9.
Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance. A blacksmith will be doing on-site demonstrations in the shop both days. Other demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in the 1700s, an opportunity to have your name written in Cherokee and a Civil War encampment.
This year’s theme is “Out of the Ashes” to celebrate a recent renovation to the museum and a new exhibit. Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.
The noted Cherokee linguist and ambassador Sequoyah was born near the museum site in 1776. An EBCI property, the museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee in eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits objects and data that support this mission.
EBCI Warrior Dancers of the Ani-Kituhwa will also provide entertainment. People will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with Miss Cherokee Faith Long, another EBCI ambassador.
Other activities include a Birds of Prey program on Sunday, Cherokee cooking demonstrations and children’s and adult blowgun competitions. Traditional Indian fry bread and Indian tacos and other food and drinks will be sold.
Tickets for adults are $10 and $5 for children 13-18 years old. Children 12 and under get in free. For more information, call the museum at 423-884-6246. It’s located off U.S. Hwy. 411 in Vonore on Highway 360.