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Cherokee Exhibition Stickball Game

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 22, 2008

This past Saturday, at the Nikwasi Celebration, the Wolftown Stickball team put on an exhibition game of stickball. Here are portions of the game:

Full video of Nikwasi Celebration.

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Celebrating Nikwasi 2008

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 20, 2008

I hope I witnessed the beginning of an annual event in Franklin this past Saturday.

The designation of the Nikwasi mound as a Cherokee Heritage Trail is an important step toward preserving this important historical site for future generations of Maconians, Cherokee, and passerby to enjoy and ponder the past.

I took a great many photos, some of which can be found in this previous post where I embedded a Slide Show, and an excellent adjunct can be found at Ruminations From the Distant Hills.

Here is the promised video of my witness of the events on Saturday. I missed the Story Tellers and most of the Gospel Singing because I was in line waiting on food…maybe I can catch them next year.

The video took over 2 hours to mixdown on my machine, and it has been processing at for over an hour. Click the link above to view it on the show page. I’ll edit this post to include the embed once it has finished transcoding to .flv format.

The video is just under an hour and 38 minutes.

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Nikwasi Celebration Slide Shows

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 19, 2008

Ever have a relative who bored you to tears with slides of their latest trip? I’m that relative…only with a blog…so you can watch them at your leisure.

Here are the best photos I took Saturday at the Nikwasi Celebration, divided into two parts:

I have the first part of the video program edited, and will edit more tonight with an anticipated release by midday tomorrow.

Ruminations has some historical background.


Dedication of Cherokee Heritage Trail Marker

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Dedication of Cherokee Heritage Trail Marker

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 17, 2008

I attended the Nikwasi Celebration in Franklin, NC today, and it was a good event.
Gordon Mercer, of the Public Policy Institute, was the Master of Ceremonies and Cherokee Chief Michell Hicks the Featured Speaker.

There were more speakers, songs, dances, craft demonstrations, Cherokee food, and a stickball exhibition game that was quite intense.

I have a lot of video to edit my way through, and since I lost my MP3 player, my options are limited, as I was using it to catch audio when I had to change memory cards in my camera and when I changed batteries. I plan on having an hour and a half to two hour show out of it by Tuesday afternoon.

Here is what is inscribed on the main marker beside the mound:


You are standing on land that has been part of a town for about three thousand years. This mound was the spiritual, political, and physical center of the Cherokee town of Nikwasi. A council house or town house on top of the mound held the sacred fire, and everyone gathered there to hear news, make decisions, dance, and participate in ceremonies. Surrounding the mound were about one hundred houses, a field for playing stickball, and a dance ground, as well as hundreds of acres of crops, orhards, and gardens.

The Cherokee dominated the southern Appalachians for thousands of years. When Alexander Cuming visited Nikwasi in 1730, the Cherokees had men and women leaders in autonomous towns that functioned democratically. Cuming called a council here that was attended by more than two thousand representatives from Cherokee towns. Cuming chose an Emperor, and took a Cherokee delegation to London. In 1761 the British, former allies of the Cherokee, destroyed Nikwasi. After theCherokees rebuilt, the Americans destroyed it in 1776. The Cherokees rebuilt again and lived here until this area was taken by the Treaty of 1819.

A Cherokee legend tells that spirit warriors came out of the mound to help defend the Cherokee against an attack when the Cherokee men were away hunting. The legend goes on to say thst the spirit warriors also saved the town of Franklin from destruction during the Civil War.

The Nikwasi mound is one of the largest surviving mounds in the original Cherokee territory of 140,000 square miles. In 1946, the schoolchildren of Macon County saved their pennies and bought the mound through the Macon County Historical Society to save it from development. It is now owned by the Town of Franklin.

And here are some pictures to look at until tomorrow:

**update** May 19th Another local blogger has graciously linked to this post, and has more to add regarding the history of Nikwasi. It is well worth reading.

Posted in Event, Festival, Franklin, history, photos | 2 Comments »

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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Susan Pons for NC Senate District # 50

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 30, 2008

Susan Pons is running against NC Senator John Snow, and this is the speech she gave detailing why she chose to run and what she wants to accomplish.
I will let you know when she gets her website up and running.

Also, Richard Bernier of Sound Off Buncombe (a URTV show) was there, and he took a video as well:

Posted in candidates, Franklin, GOP, Macon County, NC Senate | 2 Comments »

NC-11 GOP Debate in Macon County

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 30, 2008

The player will advance automatically from video to video so that you may watch the entire debate from beginning to end.

Posted in Carl Mumpower, Debate, Franklin, GOP, Heath Shuler, john armor, Macon County, NC-11, primary, Spence Campbell | Leave a Comment »

(VIDEO) Tallent’s Produce, Franklin, NC

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 11, 2008

I found this video while searching through videos of local places, it is of a produce market in Franklin, NC. Below is a link to the Google Map if you want driving directions. Sorry, they have no website.

Talent’s Produce

Ain’t technology grand?

I just never would have figured someone would think it an out of the ordinary place.

Posted in Franklin, Local Attractions, Macon County, Rural Scenes, video | Leave a Comment »

West Carolina Report for Nov 24

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 24, 2007

I have finished updating my Headline News Site, West Carolina Report, and have posted to WNC Citizens Blog concerning, “Gentlemanly Conduct Alive and Well in Sylva, Not so much in Asheville.”

And good news in Franklin regarding the Illegal Alien situation!

The Hot Spot in Franklin was a gathering spot for Illegal Aliens to wait for contractors to come pick them up to work for the day…sort a Job Center without having to fill out all that pesky paperwork and tax-filing information.

They are no longer allowed to gather there, and according to the employees I spoke with, they were getting in the way of traffic, and standing in parking spots while waiting for work. Many people complained, and so the management enacted a new policy once the recent renovations were complete these signs went up, and the Illegals moved over to the Nikwasi Indian Mound to stand while waiting for work. Now that is a picture I’d love to get…them standing on the Indian Mound! I smell a trip into town next week!

Posted in Franklin, illegal aliens, West Carolina Report, WNC Citizen Blog | 1 Comment »

A Taste of Scotland Photos

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 18, 2007

A gentle reminder to check out my photos of “A Taste of Scotland” in Franklin this past weekend. I have selected about 40 photos to post, and will be posting them for the next couple of days or so at my photoblog [Link], which is a pixel hog because I can’t stand small pix on a computer monitor!

I have several video clips to upload, and will be working on that when I get access to a high-speed connection. I have at least a dozen of those I will post at my You Tube Channel [Link]

I won’t feature all of them here, so be sure to keep checking You Tube.

Thanks to Mountain Xpress for noticing!

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