This past year, the department participated in several outreach events, programs, and educational lectures, including the Seventh Annual Traditional Cherokee Fish Harvest Workshop, Project Discovery AMP Summer Program, and the Swain Stem Discovery Summer Camp. Cultural Heritage educational exhibits were displayed at The Greening up the Mountains Festival, the Cherokee Indian Fair, Big Ivy Heritage Day, and at the Qualla Boundary Public Library. Lectures were given to audiences at Red Clay State Park, Tellico Wild, the 5th Annual Cherokee Archaeology Symposium, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for Native American Heritage Month.
The Cultural Heritage Department is looking forward to new projects in 2016 and continued partnerships with local communities and organizations to protect and preserve the cultural landscape of western North Carolina and surrounding areas.
By Paige A. Tester, Cultural Heritage Coordinator, Wild South