Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, elder, and WWII veteran will be telling stories and sharing history every Friday afternoon at 1 pm at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
“We wanted to offer our visitors something extra to show our appreciation,” said Bo Taylor, Museum of the Cherokee Indian executive director.
Wolfe was born in the Big Cove Community where he grew up with traditional Cherokee culture. He attended the Cherokee Boarding School in the 1930s, and left to enlist in the Navy. He became a signalman and participated in the landing on Normandy Beach on D-Day. In 2013, Wolfe received the title “Beloved Man” from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a designation that no Cherokee man had held since 1801.
A fluent Cherokee speaker, Wolfe works part-time as Museum Outreach staff and is available for visits and talks on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Recently, he opened the North Carolina legislative session with prayer, blessed a new project for Dolly Parton, and spoke to a group of teachers from across the U.S.
The program will be held in the Education and Research Wing or outdoors, weather permitting. Storytelling sessions began Aug. 22 and will continue throughout the fall months.
Info: 497-3481or www.cherokeemuseum.org. For group reservations, contact the Box Office 497-3481 x 207.
– Museum of the Cherokee Indian