Museum of the Cherokee Indian
589 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, NC 28719
Museum of the Cherokee Indians by Megan Gibbons
Cherokee Women Clothing
This picture displays what Cherokee Indian women wore. The women of the Cherokee Indian tribe are tall, slender, and have a delicate frame. Cherokee women are always cheerful and friendly!
Cherokee Men Clothing
This picture displays what Cherokee Indian men wore. The men of the Cherokee Indian tribe often times stain their face with gun powder and have their hair slicked back. Most Cherokee Indian men decorate themselves with feathers and beards.
"The Cherokee Man"
Written documents of the earliest European explorers tell us that the Native people of the Cherokee region wore hand-spun cloth and clothing made of animal skin.
Cherokee Women Clothing
Cherokee Men Clothing
How did the Cherokee Indians survive?
- The Cherokee Indians have more plants and vegetables in their diets than we do. Hunting and gathering was and still remains how the Cherokee Indians get their food to survive.
- The Cherokee Indians have many methods of fishing. One method is making a fish trap by using stones placed in a V-shaped dam across the river. These ancient fish traps are still seen today in the Little Tennessee River.
The Water Trough
Water trough by Megan Gibbons
Indian Rate of Exchange and Trade
1 calico petticoat = 14 deerskins or 84 bushels of corn
1 broad hoe = 5 deerskins or 30 bushels of corn
1 hatchet = 3 deerskins or 18 bushels of corn
1 pair of scissors = 1 deerskin or 6 bushels of corn
Stickball is a sport similar to Canadian Lacrosse. The field is 320 yards wide with goals at each end. The object of the game is carry the ball through the goal post or strike one of the poles with the ball. This game was taken very seriously by all the tribes of the southeast. The matches were played between towns and were highly competitive, often resulting in injuries and sometimes even death. Only Cherokee men who demonstrated the greatest athletic ability were allowed to compete in this sport.
Butterbean was more of a social game to pastime. It was played one-on-one or in teams. Six split butterbeans are placed in a flat basket and then tossed up in the air. How they landed in the basket determined the score.
The game Chunkey is played using a hoop and a pole. The Cherokee Indians played with a stone or disc that was 5 inches in diameter. This game was played between two men, one man would roll the stone and the other man would cast their pole. If one of the players knocked the Chunkey stone over it was an automatic win! If both missed the man who was closest to the stone wins!
- All sides = 6 points
- All dark sides = 4 points
- Five of one color + one of the other color = 2 points
Feasting and Celebrations
Celebrations and Feasts by Megan Gibbons
Cherokee Indian Clans
The Deer Clan- Members of the clan were the fastest runners and deer hunters; they were called keepers of the deer.
The Bird Clan- This clan was known for using blowguns and snares for hunting birds.
The Blue Clan- This clan made medicine from a blue-colored plant which was believed to keep children in good health.
The Long Hair Clan- This clan was also known as the "Twister Clan". Most peace chiefs came from this clan.
The Wild Potato Clan- Also known as the Blind Savannah Clan, The Bear Clan, and The Raccoon Clan. These members were known to gather wild potatoes along the streams for food.
The Paint Clan- Many medicine people came from this clan, they made the red paint used to decorate faces and bodies.
Cherokee Pottery and Basketry
Where are the Cherokee Indians today?
Today there is a Indian Reserve in Cherokee, North Carolina. Many Cherokee Indians still live on this reserve and take great pride in their culture and history. During my visit to the Museum of the Cherokee Indians I had the privilege of meeting a real Cherokee Indian named John Wolf. His family history traces all the way back to when the Indians found when Europeans first settled in America. John Wolf was kind enough to share a story with me about how is grandpa was a chief leader of his tribe and offered to give me his autograph. He took great pride in his family and culture!
Complete virtual museum by Megan Gibbons
4.G.1.3- Exemplify the interactions of various peoples, places, and cultures in terms of adaptation and modification of the environment.
4.E.1.1- Understand the basic concepts of a market economy price, supply, and demand.
4.C&G.1.3- Explain the influence of the colonial history of North Carolina on the governing documents of our state.
4.C.1.1- Explain how settlement of people from various cultures affected the development of regions in North Carolina.
4.MD.A.1- Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. (Trade and Exchange items)
Rl.4.7- Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitively and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which is appears.