In the shadow of the apocalypse: Cherokee in the Old South
On Sunday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m., Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special 30-minute program at Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.
This program will explore the lives of the Cherokee during the Antebellum Period. Parking will be at the Gateway Site off Hamm Road (10 Hamm Road). “Special Event” signs will also be posted along Manufacturers and Hamm roads to help guide visitors to event parking.
Early in our nation’s history, President Thomas Jefferson advocated that if American Indians were to remain, they must “be absorbed” into the growing country. By that, he meant for them to abandon their traditions and adopt the practices and economy of white Americans, thus becoming “civilized.” One of the nations that attempted this was the Cherokee, and by the first quarter of the 19th century, they were excelling at this, sending their children to schools, building cabins and houses, dressing in fine suits and dresses, planting cotton, and owning slaves. This program will look at this world the Cherokee made in their attempt to survive in an increasingly hostile world.
Dress appropriately for the conditions and bring along a bottle of water and a folding chair if you like.
For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-8217786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or visit the park’s website at www.nps. gov/chch.
Moccasin Bend as seen from atop Lookout Mountain at Point Park.