The two-day event consists of several presentations, demonstrations and discussions centered on Native American values, traditions and social justice. Cherokee Central Schools also will have an art exhibit on display at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching titled “Understanding Our Past, Shaping Our Future.” The expo is free and open to the public.
The expo will begin with a flag procession from the Judaculla Garden (in the courtyard between Stillwell Building and the Natural Sciences Building) to the University Center on Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony featuring Cherokee royalty at 9:45 a.m. There will be a presentation about a WCU and Tribal Historic Preservation Office collaboration at 10:25 a.m., followed by an archaeology “Mounds and Towns” presentation at 11:15 a.m. A storytelling roundtable will be held from 1:25 to 2:15 p.m., and a Cherokee language class, an experimental archaeology class and a demonstration of 3-D cultural heritage preservation will be offered beginning at 2:30 p.m.
William Rogers will provide a hammered copper demonstration from 3:30 to 6 p.m., with a reception set for 5 to 6 p.m. The day will conclude with a movie screening of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” at 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, a flute project will be presented by Matthew Tooni at 10 a.m., followed by Sara Snyder and Bo Lossiah discussing singing popular songs in Cherokee at 11 a.m. Brett Riggs, WCU’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies, will give a presentation on the Trail of Tears at 12:30 p.m. Dallas Pettigrew and Vicki Bradley will speak on “Public Health and Human Services of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians” at 2 p.m., and the Appalachian and Native Health Service Award will be presented at 3:30 p.m. The closing ceremony will be at 4:45 p.m.
The expo is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs, Cherokee Studies, the Cherokee Language Revitalization Program, the Cherokee Center, the office of the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor and Digali’i, WCU’s Native American student organization.
For more information, contact Roseanna Belt in the Cherokee Center at 828-497-7920.