Monday, August 18, 2008

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Well, the camera did show up. Michael found it in AJ's room. I kept meaning to look there, but kept forgetting. Oh well, I'm just glad to have it back.

Anyway, I said that I was going to post pictures from our trip to the Oconaluftee Indian Village, so here they are. It was very interesting and the kids had a wonderful time. There were different "stations" for many different types of activities that were a part of daily life for Native Americans.

Several of them use modern-day materials now, but we were still told about how they had done things before all the modern conveniences.

There was beading, pottery, blow gun making, which showed how both the shaft and dart were made, arrowhead, other stone tools, and bow making, a blow gun demonstration, basket weaving, finger weaving, canoe making, wood carving,

a tribal meeting area, and a worship and gathering common ground where we got to see some traditional Cherokee prayer dances.

I know there is a whole lot more that I am forgetting. They did dispell many rumors that Hollywood has fed us over the years.

It was a really cool experience for all of us. And we definitely plan to go back and visit the Cherokee Reservation again someday.

There were several different buildings showing how their construction methods changed over time. Here we are in front of one of them.

Sweet wishes!

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