Immediately, the tribe commissioned archaeological surveys, which revealed the former presence of a council house where the mound stands, in addition to multiple village sites in the surrounding area dating to the 13th century. The council house once stood 60 feet in diameter and served as the central location for Cherokee ritual.
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The story of Kituwah is the story of a nation much restored by rediscovering its sacred ground. At WCU, Belt opened the conference with a Cherokee prayer, welcoming museum curators, Cherokee veterans, federal epidemiologists, local nurses and tribal elders alike into the space.
Native ceremony and Western science — often regarded as diametrically opposed — complemented one another at the symposium, as several speakers incorporated both disciplines. WCU seemed a fitting locale, as the campus was once the site of Two Sparrows Town, a Cherokee village, and thus the university could be seen as the newest iteration in a long lineage of educational institutions, according to Riggs.
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He said he struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder upon returning from military service in and soon turned to drinking. Today, two of his children are in a Cherokee language immersion school and tapping back into their heritage. Far from rejecting Western tradition, Rooted in the Mountains offered ways in which native and non-native practices can integrate and nourish one another.
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Smithers is keen to add that while Cherokees had a different relationship with their environment from American settlers, they still altered the landscape around them in distinct ways. Across the Tennessee River, the Cherokee often built stone weirs, rock obstructions in the water designed to catch fish. Some 30 miles of protected streams burble alongside quiet, forested areas and through the town center of Cherokee, North Carolina.
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Thanks to a fish hatchery, the Eastern Band keeps these waters stocked with trout and bass, and recreational fishers from across the region flock to the reservation to try their luck in the streams. While the hatchery has the capacity to harvest over a million fish each year, for environmental reasons it releases just , or so into the streams annually.
Our program works to manage fish and game populations for subsistence and recreational purposes, restore and protect both culturally significant and rare species, and promote the connection between conservation and cultural values. Sam Dembling is a graduate of Macalester College and was an intern with Humanities magazine.
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