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What Does it Mean to be a Cherokee Beloved Woman?

Traditionally, the designation of Beloved Woman or Man has been bestowed upon women and men who have made special and unique contributions to the Cherokee people. Women of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are now making contributions in many new ways. Because roles have shifted, so, too, should the definitions of the titles we use to honor Cherokee women and men. To help solidify the nomination process, how honorees should be recognized, what they should receive, and to preserve the integrity of the “Beloved” title, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council voted unanimously last April to establish a Beloved Women Committee.

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6 Things to do on a Camping Trip in Cherokee, NC

Making s’mores, counting fireflies, laughing around a campfire—some of the best moments in life happen on camping trips. Our beautiful mountain scenery, abundance of fish and wildlife, and wealth of outdoors activities makes Cherokee, North Carolina, a great spot for camping. Whether you are planning a rugged week spent tent camping in the backcountry, a weekend “glamping” trip with all the comforts of home, or a relaxing RV getaway for one month or three, here are a few of our favorite things to do on camping trips here in Cherokee.

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Experience the Spirit of the Drum at the 2018 Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation’s 4th of July Powwow

Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, come to the 2018 4th of July Powwow in Cherokee, North Carolina. This three-day event attracts people from around the world for dancing and drumming competitions, tribal regalia, crafts, food, and fireworks. This ticketed event is open the public. Everyone is invited to the Cherokee Powwow to hear, watch, enjoy, and learn about Native American cultures in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

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“Unto These Hills” Illuminates an Ancient Connection of All People to the Earth

Each year, outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” presents a powerful retelling of the story of the Cherokee people in the Eastern region up and through the forced removal in 1838 known as the Trail of Tears. The 2018 season in Cherokee, NC, runs from June 2 to August 18, with shows at 8 p.m. each night, except Sundays when the theater is closed.

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Ignite Your Imagination at the Cherokee Bonfire this Summer

The Cherokee Bonfire series has become a beloved family tradition for summertime fun and entertainment in Cherokee, NC. On Friday and Saturdays evenings, sit by a crackling bonfire and listen as Cherokee storytellers share ancient stories of creation, myths, and great legends—with some ghost stories thrown in for good measure. The storytellers wear period dress from the 17th century and many of the stories date back millenia. During the break, marshmallows are handed out for roasting and you can get yours as toasty as you like!

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