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Cherokee Heritage Day at Ramsey House

By Jeaneane Payne

ramsey houseCherokee Heritage Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at Knoxville's Historic Ramsey House. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be activities for all ages including dancing, storytelling, music, drums, and native flutes presented by the Cherokee. This is a pet friendly event.

Cherokee traditional dancers will present dances traditional of their heritage. The Cherokee will also present audience-interactive Friendship Dances as well as traditional and modern Native American music.

Other activities will include games, face painting, and crafts. There will be a presentation of the Cherokee syllabary which is the basis of the Cherokee alphabet.

The reigning Miss Cherokee and her court will appear at the event.

The festival is co-hosted by the Cherokee Historical Association of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Nation and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, TN, an Eastern Band facility.

Featured in the fundraising festivities are historical interpretations of Cherokee history, such as the role of Cherokees in the Civil War and will include re-enactors dressed in period attire.

"Because the native Cherokee tribes and the Ramsey family were neighbors during the time of Colonel Ramsey, we are thrilled with this opportunity to extend the relationship between the Cherokee and the Ramsey family into the present day. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation has been a very generous sponsor of this event, which will be a great experience for everyone," said Max Ramsey, the event liaison for Historic Ramsey House.

Tickets for the fundraising event, which will be held rain or shine, are available at the gate: $10 per person; children under 6 free. Tour the historic home with docents in period attire by purchasing tickets in the Ramsey Visitor Center, $5 per person. Please see for more information or call 865-546-0745.

Published October 25, 2011

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