Museum to offer Summer Institute for educators          

by Jun 23, 2014Happenings0 comments

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will offer the Cherokee History and Culture Institute for educators on July 14-19. The goal of the Institute is to provide accurate information about the Cherokees (and other American Indians,) resources, and to provide connections with Cherokee people. The readings and discussions will include books and articles. Interviews, field trips, and experiences on the Qualla Boundary, will be integrated with academic study.

The Institute covers Cherokee archaeology, history, anthropology, geography, folklore, literature, and current issues

“Every academic discipline contributes something to our knowledge about Cherokee history and culture,” said Barbara R. Duncan, Museum education director.  “We look at how those academics work, and also at their limitations.”

In addition to readings and discussions with Duncan, every day includes presentations by Cherokee people and field trips to Cherokee sites. To see the syllabus and activities, go to:

Cost for the institute is $500 per person and includes all activity fees, one dinner and one lunch.  Discounts are available for Museum members at the appropriate level, and EBCI tribal members. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and books. Books will include Cherokee Nation; a Troubled History; Living Stories of the Cherokee; Plants and the Cherokee DVD; Timberlake Memoirs; and the Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook.

Class size will be limited and participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Info: Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D., education director, 497-3481 x306 or

– Museum of the Cherokee Indian