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Among hundreds of warriors in the Battle of Taliwa in 1755, a young woman and her husband waged this decades-old conflict together. Nanyehi, 17 years old, and her husband, Kingfisher, fought together for the Cherokee. more

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Hickory Nut Gorge

Margaret Hester photo

Geology and hydrology go a long way toward explaining the rugged landscape of the Hickory Nut Gorge, southeast of Asheville. But science can only go so far toward helping us understand the mystique of that area. more

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Eight hundred years ago, across the southeastern region of North America, the great Mississippian civilization flourished. Artisans crafted stone and metal into objects of sublime beauty. Farmers grew vast fields of corn on the river bottomlands. more

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For centuries, gathering sochan—also known as the green-headed coneflower—has been a rite of springtime for the Cherokee people. more

Mountain Explorer

Two hundred years ago, early explorers of the Southern Appalachians pondered the piles of stone they encountered at “all the gaps in the mountains.” While most of those cairns have disappeared, they remain a mystery. more

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When the total eclipse descends on Cherokee, North Carolina, this August, a tradition reaching back thousands of years will live on. more

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Oconaluftee Indian Village

Margaret Hester photo

For many of us, fragments of images or threadbare associations are exactly how we create memory. Even brain research tells us that we learn by forming connections to what we already know. more

Sweet Appalachia

When I was 4 years old I saw a cobra edging out from behind a wooden strawberry barrel in our garden. Naturally I was certain of what I had seen, despite the fact that I was not even on the same continent as any known, free roaming, cobra. more

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Made In The Smokies

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Whether toiling in tucked-away mountain workshops or bustling tourist studios, the region’s best artisans carry on traditions that have been passed down through the generations—oftentimes in their own families. more

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Every December 31st, while millions of Americans from Maine to California resolve to lose the last few pinches of pudge, Southerners have already gotten a jump (or, rather, a hoppin’ john) on the rest of the country. more

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Dreamcatcher

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As with most things good and holy—Velveeta cheese, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee—dream catchers tend to churn my stomach when overconsumed. Don’t get me wrong: I love the message behind them, that we can filter good dreams from bad. more

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Whether you’re on the trail of warblers or wildflowers this spring in North Carolina’s High Country, you’re sure to work up an appetite. And just because you’re stalking songbirds doesn’t mean you have to eat like one, too. more

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“‘We’re only doing this for your own good’—words that hide a multitude of sins,” surmised Samuel Carter III in his historical account of the crimes committed against the Cherokee. more

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Afrilachian

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Enslaved Africans and free people of color and their descendants were sparsely located in the cultural region known as Appalachia, but don’t let the seeming invisibility fool you. The African cultural heritage is alive and well in Appalachia. more

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Cherokee fish weir

Becky Johnson photo

Paddlers, fishermen, or those who have enjoyed a cool swimming hole, have probably seen a fish weir—though they may not have recognized it. Fish weirs are structures built within a stream or river that are designed to route and ultimately trap fish. more

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Cherokee marker trees

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Hundreds of years before a network of highways and interstates crisscrossed the country, a system of trails connected the Cherokee to Indians throughout the nation. Marking those trails were oddities that hikers may still encounter today. more

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Building the basics

Becky Johnson photo

When Samantha Crowe-Hernandez packs her three young children into the car for a Sunday afternoon visit with their great- grandparents, she’s bearing a special gift—a living testament to the Cherokee people’s resilience. more

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Cherokee, N.C., is a nation unto itself and offers visitors a chance to learn about the native culture that originated in the Southern Appalachians. It is the home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and also known as the Qualla Boundary. more

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Pip and Otto were the youngest of Gilead Tattnal’s 24 known offspring, but their older siblings couldn’t, or wouldn’t, take them in. Life at the orphanage is rough, but the boys have each other, until the morning Pip awakes to find Otto missing. more

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