Cherokee artisans will offer visitors to the Orchard an opportunity to experience the culture of the Cherokee, native to Western North Carolina, through song, dance, storytelling, and crafts.
Mike Crowe and the Cherokee Dancers, known as the Warriors of AniKituhwa, will perform on Thursday, June 6.
On Friday, June 7, both Crowe and Cherokee artisan Ramona Lossie will share Cherokee stories while demonstrating flint knapping (the process of chipping away silica stones—flint—to produce sharp projectile points or tools) and basket-weaving, respectively.
Both the Thursday evening performance and “The History of the Cherokee in the Toe River Valley,” will celebrate the preservation of Cherokee cultural heritage. Tickets for the Thursday performance are $10 and available at the door. The Friday mid-day demonstrations are free. The public, encouraged to attend both events, will walk away with a new perspective of the vibrant Cherokee traditions and the people who dedicate their lives to see that they continue for future generations.
These events are sponsored by the Orchard with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Blue Ridge Traveler, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and the National Forest Service.