The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum To Present the "Great Island" Festival September 12th-13th Festival Will Take Visitors Back in Time The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area are partnering for the Great Island Festival, slated for September 8-9, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance. Special demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1762 and a Civil War encampment and battle re-enactment. This year’s theme is “The 250th Anniversary of Lt. Timberlake’s Visit to the Cherokee Overhill”. Visitors will experience the same sights, sounds, tastes and smells Lt. Henry Timberlake experienced when he discovered the region some 250 years ago. Dozens of craftsmen and demonstrators will be on hand recreating everything Timberlake documented on his first visit. Meet Miss Cherokee from Cherokee, North Carolina. Special entertainment will be provided by the Warrior Dancers of Ani-Kituhwa the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians official ambassadors, Cherokee flute playing, Cherokee food demonstrations by Cherokee author Johnnie Sue Myers. On Saturday we will be featuring the Tennessee’s Wildlife Birds of Prey program and on Sunday a blowgun competition. Stop by the museum from 1-3 both days & meet Bill Landry from the Heartland Series. Bill will be doing a book signing for his book “Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventures”. Other activities include a blow gun competition, posters from Cherokee Elementary school. Darts, beads, talking sticks, face painting and free Cherokee name cards will be available for children. Traditional Indian Fry bread and Indian tacos, and other food and drinks will be sold. The festival is named for the “Great Island,” a Cherokee village site 250 years ago. Today, Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum occupy an island created by the Tellico Lake Project. Festival parking is at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum; located at 576 Highway 360 in Vonore, Tenn. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation for visitors from each site (approximately 1.5 miles). Adult tickets are $5.00 to the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge. For more information about the Great Island Festival, contact the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at (423) 884-6246.
September 12, 2015 - September 13, 2015
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