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Landrum Library Speaker Series – Cherokees of the Carolinas
May 23, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Date: May 23, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Landrum Library
Speaker: Dennis Chastain, naturalist, historian and outdoor writer
Based on thirty years of research, Pickens County historian, Dennis Chastain, will present his slideshow, Cherokees of the Carolinas; a deep dive into the history and culture of the Cherokees, who occupied this area for a thousand years.
Chastain says the slideshow covers virtually all aspects of Cherokee culture: How they constructed their houses and other structures; the foods they ate, including the story of corn and how it changed the lifestyles of all southeastern Native Americans.
Also included are the details of the games they played and how central “ball play” was to the Cherokee lifestyle. Chastain will also talk about how they hunted and the importance of the deer skin trade; why they made annual trips to the coast of South Carolina and what they brought home with them.
And finally, he will tell the story of how the Cherokee’s interactions with the early colonists once Europeans had arrived on the scene at Charles Town in 1670, changed Cherokee culture forever.
Chastain says anyone interested in the Native American history of our area will not want to miss this one-time event.
*If you’d like to join us for a hike to a Native American petroglyph site on the Long Ridge of Pinnacle Mountain, join us on March 31st during our Spring Hiking Series! And, you can learn more about the petroglyph site by joining us at our Etowah Library Speaker Series event on March 22nd!
Contact Pam Torlina, [email protected], with questions or for more information.