In the shadow of the apoc­a­lypse: Chero­kee in the Old South

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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.

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