The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has awarded an internship to Jeremy Wilson, an EBCI tribal member. He has been asked to help design and direct a project for the Cowee Mound in Macon County.
The project is called “Project Cowee Reconnection”, and its mission is to get enrolled members familiar of the Cowee Mound, and learn the importance of its history. Cowee was once known as the D.C. of the Cherokee people, where principal diplomatic and commercial events took place.
Cowee is also responsible for the creation of the Eastern Band by the Citizen-Cherokee who stayed back during the Removal. Jeremy has narrowed the project down to what he calls the “7 major points”, and the 7 major points are:
1. Summarization of Cowee’s History (The past of Cowee), Cowee’s Present Day (Why is it important today?) and Cowee’s Future (Why is it important for the future?).
2. Social Networking: A facebook fan page called “Project Cowee Reconnection”. Videos, photos, and articles will be posted to allow people to learn something about Cowee.
3. Youth Involvement: Will look to coordinate possible annual trips for youth to Cowee Mound.
4. Comparing and Contrasting the Kituwah and Cowee Mounds: Display how Kituwah and Cowee compare to one another, and display what their main roles were. Also, display how they contrast from one another.
5. Involve Elders: Sekected elders will be asked to be interviewed to discuss their connections with Cowee, and discuss its importance then, now, and for the future.
6. Website Donation Box: Cowee has its own main website, which is www.coweenc.com . A donation box will be looked to be added onto the website for those who wish to contribute donations to LTLT’s mission for Cowee.
7. Media: The Cherokee One Feather and Smoky Mountain Times will be asked to write articles on LTLT’s mission for Project Cowee Reconnection. The One Feather will allow enrolled members on and off the boundary to become aware of this project. The Smoky Mountain Times will allow non-enrolled people to become aware of the project as well.
Source: Jeremy Wilson