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Turkey Shoots at the Jesse Welch Turkey Shoot Facility in the Big Cove Community.

  • Sept. 30 at 3 p.m.- Turkey Shoot and Meals-to-Go Fundraiser. Swimmers from Straight Fork. Menu, $10/plate with a choice of bean bread, chestnut bread, or sweet potato; chicken, pork loin, or BBQ ribs; cabbage or turnip greens; fried potatoes or potato salad; desserts – strawberry crunch, banana pudding, or pumpkin cake; drinks – soda, water, or coffee.
  • Oct. 14 at 5 p.m., Jesse Welch Memorial Turkey Shoot
  • Oct. 21 at 3 p.m., fundraiser for Cherokee Lady Braves softball
  • Oct. 28 at 3 p.m., fundraiser for John Chastain travel expenses

Good food, good fun, great prizes, great benefits.

Bingo Night Fundraiser for Amanda Tortalita Ramirez. Sept. 30 in the Dora Reed Center multi-purpose room in Cherokee, N.C. Doors open at 4 p.m., games start at 5 p.m. Adults: $20, children: $10. Includes 15 pack games. Special games will be $2/each. Concessions will be available. 50/50 tickets will also be available. Proceeds will go to Amanda who was recently diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma.


EBCI Pageants. Sept. 27, 28, and 30 at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Center. Starts at 6 p.m. Little Miss and Junior Miss Cherokee on Wednesday, Sept. 27; Teen Miss Cherokee on Thursday, Sept. 28; and Miss Cherokee on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Junior NAIWA meeting. Sept. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the TJ Holland Education Room at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Info: Jasmine Panther (828) 788-7183,

Fair Week Collections Open House at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian’s Collection and Archives division invites citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and community members to its very first Fair Week Collections Open House. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily during Fair Week, stop by the Education Wing to take a closer look at objects in the Museum’s care and learn more about their fascinating history. This Open House is offered free of charge, and registration is not required.

  • Monday, Oct. 2, Fair Week Stick Off: Wearable Art (Beadwork, Weaving, Clothing, & Much More)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, Parade Day: Archival Collections (Pictures and Clippings)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, Children’s Day: Chunkey Stones and Marbles
  • Thursday, Oct. 5, Elders Day: Medicinal Plants
  • Friday, Oct. 6, Veterans Day: Projectile Points and Weaponry

Living History Weekend on Early U.S-Cherokee history. Oct. 7-8 at Tellico Blockhouse State Historic Site in Vonore, Tenn. Located in Vonore, Tenn. along the old Little Tennessee River, the Tellico Blockhouse played an important role in the story of early relations between the United States and the Cherokee Nation. This event will see the partially reconstructed Blockhouse brought back to life through living history demonstrations of U.S. Soldiers of the 3rd Sub-Legion, Cherokee demonstrators, and historic trades programs. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: Fort Loudoun State Park office (423) 420-2331

John Harrison and Sarah Lovin Sneed Reunion. Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Qualla Community Center at 180 Shoal Creek Church Loop Rd. Bring a covered dish, salad, or dessert. Genealogy information, open session – bring your instrument, family photos, photo-op section, raffle items, and more. Info: Carmaleta Monteith (828) 736-9392 or Judy Sneed Cook 736-9136

Cherokee Fire & Rescue Fire Academy. Oct. 9 to Feb. 15 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cherokee Fire Station 1. Participants will graduate with the following certifications: NC Firefighter II, Haz-Mat Operations. Info: Interim Fire Chief Thomas Simmons (828) 788-1272 or

Calhoun Family Reunion. Oct. 14 in the bonfire area at the Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee, N.C. This is a reunion of family and descendants of the Calhouns from the Big Cove Community. The organizers will provide the meat and request that everyone bring their favorite covered dish to share. Family members are encouraged to bring photos. If they available to share electronically, please send to Info: Wanda McCoy (828) 736-5813 or Gerri Grady 788-5662

LampLight Theatre production of “The Advocate”. Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee, N.C. Free admission. A love offering will be taken. Info: Call or text (828) 736-6624 or email to

Church Homecoming Celebration. Oct. 15 at the Cherokee Church of God located in Cherokee, N.C. across from Littlejohn Campground. Everyone is invited. Info: Pastor Aaron Bridges (828) 488-9241

Ethnogenesis Part II of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. at the Yellowhill Activity Center. The presentation, by Anita Finger-Smith of the Wolftown Community, covers the five circumstances during the early 19th century that contributed to the nucleus of Cherokee Indians who remained in the southeast after the Removal.  The public is invited to attend. To reserve your seat, contact Virginia Johnson (828) 788-8659



Childbirth Education Class. Sept. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cherokee Choices located at 806 Acquoni Rd. in Cherokee, N.C. These classes are free and open to all. Learn about labor and birth, coping skills for labor, postpartum, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Participants must register prior to class. Sign up with Tricia Carver at or (828) 359-6250

Cherokee Choices Living Well with Diabetes Series. Sept. 21 to Nov. 2 on Thursdays at 12 p.m. in the Cherokee Choices room in the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex in Cherokee, N.C. This six-week course will help you live your best life while managing your diabetes. Learn how to make healthy meals and the basics of diabetes care. Lunch is provided. Info: April 359-6201 or

Community Baby Shower. Sept. 27 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cherokee Choices office. First 50 people receive a t-shirt. Food and raffle prizes such as diapers, gift cards, and more. Info: Tricia Carver 359-6250,, or Candy Martin 359-6865,

Run for Recovery 5K. Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at Kituwah. Proceeds from the race will go to the non-profit RezHOPE. Register:

7th Annual Cherokee Skate Jam. Oct. 4 at the Cherokee Action Sports Park in Cherokee, N.C. Registration from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., competition starts at 11 a.m. Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adult (18+up) divisions.  Best Trick Contest for all ages. Skate lessons, games, prizes, etc. Info: (828) 736-2698 or (770) 508-8404

Cherokee Cancer Support Group Memorial Walk. Oct. 21 at Kituwah. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. A short program will be held at 4 p.m., and the walk will start at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. All cancer survivors will receive a commemorative walk shirt. A limited number of regular walk shirts will be available while supplies last. Memorial and Honor signs will line the walk route and can be taken home after the walk. Fun, foods, fellowship, and door prizes. This event celebrates 25 years of service to the community by the Cherokee Cancer Support Group. Contact Betty’s Place (open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at (828) 497-0788 for information regarding the walk of the services they provide.

Cherokee Choices Turkey Strut 5K. Nov. 18 at Kituwah. Registration at 11 a.m., race begins at 12 p.m. Proceeds for this event will be donated to RezHOPE. To register online, visit: Info: Yolanda Saunooke (828) 359-6784 or




Cherokee High School Fall Sports Schedules

Varsity Football
(all games start at 7:30 p.m., home games at Ray Kinsland Stadium)
– Sept. 29, vs Robbinsville
– Oct. 6, at Andrews
– Oct. 13, at Hayesville
– Oct. 20, at Swain Co.
– Oct. 27, vs Murphy

JV Football
(all games start at 6 p.m., home games at Ray Kinsland Stadium)
– Sept. 28, at Murphy

Cross Country
– Sept. 27, at Hiwassee Dam, 4 p.m.
– Oct. 4, at Robbinsville, 4 p.m.
– Oct. 14, Smoky Mountain Conference Championship, hosted by Swain Co.

Varsity and JV Volleyball

JV games at 5 p.m., Varsity games at 6 p.m., home games at Charles George Memorial Arena

Sept. 25 vs Blue Ridge

Sept. 26 at Robbinsville

Sept. 28 vs Andrews

Oct. 2 vs Hayesville

Oct. 5 vs Swain Co. (Senior Night)

Oct. 9 vs Hiwassee Dam

Oct. 10 vs Murphy

Oct. 12 vs Robbinsville

Middle School Volleyball

Games start at 4 p.m., home games at Charles George Memorial Arena

Sept. 26 at Robbinsville

Sept. 28 vs Andrews

Oct. 2 at Highlands

Oct. 3 vs Hayesville

Oct. 5 vs Swain Co.

Oct. 10 vs Murphy

Oct. 12 vs Robbinsville



Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Analenisgi. Info:

Cherokee Cancer Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at Betty’s Place at 40 Goose Creek Road in the Birdtown Community. A potluck is held at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is open to all. Betty’s Place is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They provide counseling and support services to cancer patients that may include supplies, travel, and meals. Info: 497-0788

MARA (Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous) meets Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Rivercane Room at Analenisgi. Info: Analenisgi (828) 497-9163 or visit:



Note: This list of pow wows was compiled by One Feather staff. The One Feather does not endorse any of these dances. It is simply a listing of ones occurring throughout the continent. Please call before traveling.

Last Chance Community Pow Wow. Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena, Mont. MC: Vince Short. Host Drum: Eagle Whistle. Info: Last Chance Community Pow Wow (406) 439-5631,

Winona-Dakota Gathering, Homecoming, and Wacipi. Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Unity Park in Winona, Minn. MC: Butch Felix. Info: Katie Englemann (507) 470-4411,

12th Annual Rocking the REZ Pow Wow. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Pakitu Community Park in El Paso, Texas. MC: Kenneth Cozad. Host Northern Drum: Black Eagle. Host Southern Drum: Bear Scout. Info: Rafael Gomez (915) 491-6259,

Hart of the West Native American Pow Wow. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Hart Park & Museum in Newhall, Calif. MC: Glen Begay. Host Northern Drum: Blue Star. Host Southern Drum: Hale & Co. Info: No contact information provided

Santa Ynez Chumash Intertribal Pow Wow. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Santa Ynez, Calif. MC: Terry Fiddler. Hoste Northern Drum: Iron Swing. Host Southern Drum: Blazing Bear. Info: Heather Armenta at

18th Annual Totah Drums of Fall Social Pow Wow. Sept. 30 at the Lions Wilderness Amphitheatre in Farmington, N.M. MC: Leonard Anthony. Host Drums: Smoke Stack, Dzitdahizitt. Info: Ariana Goldtooth (505) 564-4804,

29th Annual Suscol Intertribal Pow Wow. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa, Calif. Info: (707) 256-3561

Redding Rancheria Stillwater Pow Wow. Oct. 6-8 at the Redding Rodeo Grounds in Redding, Calif. Info: Louise Davis (530) 440-9137 or Michael Kelly (530) 242-4511

9th Annual Harvest Moon Intertribal Pow Wow. Oct. 7-8 at the Cooper County Faigrounds in Boonville, Mo. MC: Bill Branson. Host Drum: Young Bucks. Host Northern Drum: Big Soldier Creek. Info: Pam Arth (660) 621-2506,

Rappahannock Pow Wow. Oct. 7-8 in King George, Va. MC: Dennis Zotigh. Host Drum: Stoney Creek. Info: Reese Fortune at

Berkeley’s 31st Annual Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow Celebration. Oct. 7 at MLK Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif. Emcees: Randy Pico and Aurora Mamea. Host Northern Drum: All Nations Singers. Host Southern Drum: Aaron Bear & Company. Info: Gino Barichello (510) 595-5520,

Burns Paiute Tribe Pow Wow. Oct. 13-14 at the Burns Paiute Reservation in Burns, Ore. Info:

Chukchansi Pow Wow. Oct. 13-15 at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, Calif. MC: Reuben Crowfeather. Host Northern Drum: Bad Soul. Host Southern Drum: Blazing Bear. Info:

Native American Heritage Celebration. Oct. 13-14 at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Mo. MC: Shannon Leroy. Host Drum: Downing Creek. Info: American Indian Center of Springfield, Missouri (417) 880-1570,

5th Annual Thunder in the Mountains Native American Pow Wow. Oct. 14-15 at Cantrells Ultimate Rafting in Fayetteville, W.V. Host Drum: Thunder Nation. Info: Buddy Aiken (681) 399-9265,

ENAEP’s Annual Veteran’s Honoring Pow Wow. Oct. 14 at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash. MC: Arlie Neskani. Info: Lauren Nabahe (425) 900-7394,

Native American Harvest Pow Wow. Oct. 14-15 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Ill. Info: (773) 585-8613

16th Annual Auburn Big Time Pow Wow. Oct. 14 at Gold Country Fairgrounds & Event Center in Auburn, Calif. MC: Steve Darden. Info: Jessica Ornelaz (530) 888-8767,

Rocky Mountain College Honoring Our Communities Pow Wow. Oct. 14 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. MC: Tilton Old Bull Sr. Host Drum: Youngs Creek. Info: MC Native American Outreach (406) 657-1064,












Upcoming events at the Murphy Art Center in Murphy, N.C.:

  • Art Walk, Oct. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy streets filled with artists, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Info: Valley River Arts Guild (828) 360-3038,
  • Art Walk Tootsie Pop Ghost. Oct. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a free event for ages 5 and up. Info: Dian McKelvey (404) 580-5740,
  • Paint the Town Fall. Oct. 7 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Paint a fall scene on a designated 24” x 18” section of a store window for free. Registration is day of the event. Register and pick up paint supplies at the alley off of Valley River Ave. Prizes for best paintings. Open to all ages. Info: Downtown Murphy (828) 837-2510,
  • Halloween Treat Containers. Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a MACkey Mouse Art Club Class suitable for kids. Info: Sharon Francis (828) 644-1105,
  • Colors of Fall in Watercolor. Oct. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a regular class, suitable for adults. Teacher will bring real leaves to trace and paint, or bring your favorites. Info: Barbara McMillan (828) 557-5881,
  • Clay Christmas Tree. Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 7 to 17. Children will use various methods of working with clay to create and decorate a clay Christmas tree. Info: Carolyn Garrison (813) 466-4014,
  • Clay Christmas Tree. Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 7 to 17. Children will use various methods of working with clay to create and decorate a clay Christmas tree. Info: Carolyn Garrison (813) 466-4014,
  • Horse Portrait. Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a MACkey Mouse Art Club Class suitable for kids. Using acrylic paints, learn brush techniques to give texture and dimension to your portrait of a horse.
  • Paint a Silk Scarf with Alcohol Inks. Oct. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No painting experience necessary. This is a regular class, suitable for adults and teens. Instructor will demonstrate how to prepare scarf, select colors, apply inks, and set colors. All supplies provided to paint a large scarf. Info: Joyce Clair (706) 379-0917,
  • Preschool Art Exploration. Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 3 to 5. Info: Cindy Gatti (828) 371-7569,

Western Carolina University Indigenous Heritage Events
– 13th Annual Rooted in the Mountains Symposium. Sept. 28-29 at the Bardo Arts Center on campus. Register at:
– Indigenous Peoples Day Festival. Oct. 9 at WCU Fountain. Tribal foods, exhibitions, crafts, traditional retail, and more. Interested vendors and volunteers, call (828) 497-7920 to sign up
– “My Culture is Not a Costume” Campaign. Oct. 16 on the second floor of the University Center in the Intercultural Affairs Gallery. Exhibition of costumes not to wear for Halloween will be on display
– A Century of Cherokee Maskmaking. Oct. 18 at the WCU Mountain Heritage Center. What role have masks played in wider efforts to keep cultural identity Cherokee-determined?
– Cherokee Gourd Workshops. Nov. 7 in Cherokee and Nov. 14 at WCU. Learn to make traditional Cherokee masks, bowls, and more with EBCI tribal member Jimmy Harlan. Register: 497-7920
– Rock Your Mocs Walk. Nov. 15 at WCU Fountain. Reception to follow.
Info: WCU Cherokee Center (828) 497-7920

Come Read with a Dog. Mondays at 4 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, N.C. To practice accuracy and fluency, and improve confidence in reading, learners can read to Bailey, a certified therapy dog. Bailey and his handler will be available by appointment only each week this summer. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Call Library Youth Services (828) 586-2016 to make an appointment.

Indivisible Swain County meeting. Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Agenda includes final details for Oct. 12 Community Health Forum/Discussion (from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Board Room in Bryson City, N.C.) and Oct. 13 Health Fair (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Bryson City). All are welcome to attend. For a Zoom link or questions, email

Indivisible Swain County meeting. Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Agenda includes final details for Oct. 12 Community Health Forum/Discussion (from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Board Room in Bryson City, N.C.) and Oct. 13 Health Fair (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Bryson City). All are welcome to attend. For a Zoom link or questions, email

Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society meeting. Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center at 45 East Ridge Drive in Bryson City, N.C. Jerry Ledford will present “Forney Creek, the Norwood Lumber Company and Its Railroads”. Conversation and refreshments will follow the presentation. Attendance is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Plott-Toberfest. Oct. 5-8 in Canton, N.C. Sponsored by the Haywood County Historical & Genealogical Society. Traditional German heritage will be featured. Info: 564-1044,

47th Annual Fall Festival. Oct. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. Info: (800) 365-5724 or

Dedication of America250 Marker for Nancy ‘Nanyehi’ Ward. Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. on old Highway 411 near Benton, Tenn. This event is being presented by the Nancy Ward Descendants and Cherokee District Chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution in honor of the 250th Anniversary of the United States.