It was perfect weather for a fall festival. No rain! The bright blue skies of September dazzled above the Cherokee village. Dusty lilac asters, goldenrods and knockout roses dotted the trail. Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, and pumpkin spice leaves fluttered in the wind.
Native Americans demonstrated carving bears and arrowheads, pottery, weaving baskets, blow guns, playing stickball, and other crafts.
Dan Hollifield played a Native American flute in the Cherokee winter house. He hand makes these instruments.
A storyteller spun tales about the Cherokee culture. The smell of barbecue, fried apple pies, and other food wafted across the village.
Cherokee dressed in traditional costumes entertained the crowd performing the groundhog, buffalo, frog, and corn dance.
The Cherokee Heritage Festival was the best ever held in Hayesville. It gave you a taste of Indian culture that prevailed in western North Carolina before the Cherokees were removed to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears in 1838-1839.
You may visit my other blog to read more about the Cherokee Heritage Center and Dan Hollifield making flutes at: http://historicalhayesville.blogspot.com.
This man is carving weapons the Cherokee used in battle.