Members of the Western Carolina University community are invited to join the Western North Carolina Historical Association on an educational bus tour to explore the history and the culture of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The tour will include meetings with Western Carolina University alumni Michell Hicks, principal chief, and Carmaleta Monteith, who will discuss contemporary issues. In addition, participants will hear from tribal elder Jerry Wolfe about the oral history of the people and Barbara Duncan about Cherokee history and culture. The group also will enjoy a traditional Cherokee dinner, a visit to the Oconaluftee Indian Village and Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and the annual Southeast Tribes Festival.
The tour will depart the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville at 7:30 a.m. and return about 6:30 p.m. Participants also can meet the group in Cherokee. Tickets are $75 for WNCHA members and $90 for nonmembers. For more information or to reserve a place on the trip, call 828-253-9231 or send an email to email@example.com.