This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762. Designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, they have performed at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the ITB conference in Berlin, Germany, and throughout the Southeastern U.S.The War Dance was used when men went to war, but also when meeting with other nations for diplomacy and peace, and within the Cherokee nation was also used to raise money for people in need. It conveys the strength of the Cherokee nation.The Warriors of AniKituhwa also perform Cherokee social dances including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture, and can provide other programs as well.
To book the Warriors for your event or for more information contact Barbara Duncan at bduncan@cherokeemuseum.org

Designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the dancers include:
John Grant Jr.
Daniel Ledford
John Bullet Standingdeer
Bo Taylor
Daniel Tramper
Robert Tramper
Will Tuska
Pat Smith

SCHEDULE 2009

March 27 “Headwaters Gathering” – Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC
April 16-18 Red Clay Reunion, TN
June 13 Cherokee Voices Festival, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC
July Opening-Emissaries of Peace Exhibit, Tulsa, OK
July 17-18 Festival of Native Peoples, Cherokee, NC
September 18-19 Southeastern Tribes Cultural Arts Celebration, Cherokee, NC
October 6-10 Cherokee Indian Fair, Cherokee, NC

WARRIORS OF ANIKITUHWA 2005–2006 APPEARANCES:

  • Irish-Cherokee Cultural Exchange
  • Mountain Heritage Center Folklife Program, Western Carolina University
  • Fulbright Scholars Cherokee Experience
  • Rabun Gap Nacoochee School Cherokee Experience
  • North Carolina Humanities Council Cherokee Seminar
  • Cherokee Visitor Appreciation Day
  • Cherokee Preservation Foundation Community Event
  • Cherokee Voices Festival, Museum of the Cherokee Indian
  • Kituhwa Mound Annual Celebration
  • Maggie Valley Civil War Reenactment
  • Cherokee Fourth of July Powwow
  • Huber Corporation Documentary Film
  • Harrah’s Grand Opening of the Soco Tower
  • Bele Chere, Asheville
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Festival
  • National Museum of the American Indian-First Anniversary Celebration
  • Festival of Native Peoples, Cherokee
  • Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University
  • Cherokee Fall Fair
  • Colonial Williamsburg–historical reenactment and dance
  • SAMAB Conference, Cherokee
  • Warren Wilson College
  • North Carolina State
  • First Army, Atlanta
  • Cherokee High School Football games (2)
  • Opening of Emissaries of Peace: the 1762 Cherokee/British Delegations

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

  • Dance workshops – three months of weekly workshops free to the community
  • Pucker Toe Moccasin workshop
  • Appearance at CHS football games
  • Available free of charge to Cherokee Central Schools

RESEARCH

  • Eastern Frontiers Conference, Akron, Ohio
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Cherokee Language Immersion Class

FILM

  • Huber Corporation
  • Emissaries of Peace exhibit video
  • Agee Films documentary on the Appalachians for PBS
  • Rabun Gap Nacoochee School promotional video