Thunderpig’s Mirror

Niwasi Celebration Today

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 17, 2008

I will be away from the computer most of the day, at the Nikwasi Celebration in Franklin, NC.

The Nikwasi Celebration, a community event of cultural exchange to recognize the inclusion of the Nikwasi Mound on the Cherokee Heritage Trails, will be held this Saturday, May 17, at the Big Bear Park in Franklin.

The Nikwasi Mound, located in downtown Franklin, is one of the best-preserved ancient Native American mounds in the country. Long ago, Franklin was the village of Nikwasi, and the village townhouse sat atop the mound. Here, the village people would gather to welcome visitors, hold ceremonies, and tell stories.

Saturday’s celebration will begin at the Nikwasi Mound at 10 a.m. The Cherokee Elementary School Choir will sing “Amazing Grace” and the “Trail of Tears Song.” The featured speaker will be Cherokee Chief Michell Hicks. The Macon County Historical Society will speak on Native American site preservation, and a new heritage trail marker will be unveiled.

Source: Macon News

I’ve been meaning to post about it this week, but I let myself become overwhelmed with other projects I am working on. I hope to have a teaser piece up about it later tonight, and may experiment with putting the whole thing together as on big pre-recorded two hour episode of Thundercast on Monday.

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