N.C. River Lore

Before the Europeans came, western North Carolina had no lakes, what we have now are manmade. You hear the Cherokee story tellers talk of “going to the water”, this is a ritual where every morning regardless of the season Cherokees would go to the river to pray and...

What is in a Name?

Hard to believe the Removal of the Cherokee that lived in our area began some 179 years ago.  The reminders are all around us in our everyday lives.  All North Georgia was part of the Cherokee territory, I understand I-20 is where the border would have been.  Above...

Considering a North Carolina Home?

If you are considering buying a property in North Carolina but have no knowledge of the legal and institutional rules and regulations, you have stumbled upon the right article! We will explain the North Carolina buying process in detail for your convenience....

Thunderbirds and foretold battles

Doing research on a history that is not your own can become confusing but remarkably interesting. A resource I love to read is Dr. Lisa Christiansen. Her father, from the Wolf Clan of the eastern band of the United Keetoowah Band of the Cherokee, was documented as one...

Community Hunting

Cherokees hunted to feed themselves and their communities using various weapons. Hunting required fasting, ceremony and medicine specific to the undertaking.  Cherokee men hunted mainly for sustenance and different game required different tools. Bows and arrows...

Native Winter Shelter and activities

With winter creeping into our everyday lives again and the bitter cold nights appearing I wonder what those that came before us on this beautiful mountain did to stay warm. Clothing prior to European arrival was dependent on the materials available and climate. The...

Blood Mountain Blog

Some believe that the name of the mountain comes from a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek Indians.

A Walk Through Buffalo Country in Northern Georgia

Three hundred years ago the Southern Appalachians were home to the sovereign Cherokee Nation. Over sixty towns and settlements were connected by a well-worn system of foot trails, many of which later became bridle paths and wagon roads. This Indian trail system was...

Getting the pantry ready for fall

The beginning of Cherokee culture is identified with the cultivation of corn by the native people in the Southern Appalachians more than a thousand years ago. From the earliest times in Cherokee history, the raising of corn was interwoven with the spiritual beliefs of...