Native American Heritage

Explore the history and contributions of Native Americans in Tennessee, from the home of the “Beloved Woman” Nancy Ward to the birthplace of Sequoyah.

Centuries before the European settlers set foot on Tennessee soil, these mountainsides and riverbanks were home to the Cherokee, Yuchi, Koasati, Shawnee and Chickasaw Indians.

Forcibly removed in the 1800s, many of these Tennessee natives lost their families, their homes and their lives. Their lives and legacies are preserved in the monuments and museums spread across the state.

 

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Arrowheads to Aerospace Museum Arrowheads to Aerospace MuseumManchester Butler Museum Butler MuseumButler Cedar Creek Indian Mound Cedar Creek Indian MoundLinden Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial Giles County Trail of Tears MemorialPulaski Cherokee Indian Removal Memorial and Museum Cherokee Indian Removal Memorial and MuseumBirchwood Tennessee State Museum Tennessee State MuseumNashville Tennessee River Museum Tennessee River MuseumSavannah Frank H. McClung Museum - University of Tennessee Frank H. McClung Museum - University of TennesseeKnoxville David Crockett Cherokee Museum David Crockett Cherokee MuseumLawrenceburg Chucalissa Archaeological Museum Chucalissa Archaeological MuseumMemphis Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonore
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