Mapping Ancient Cherokee Trails

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Mapping Ancient Cherokee Trails

Post by edfrank » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:20 pm

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Mapping Ancient Cherokee Trails


There is an interesting article on the Cherokee Preservation Foundation website concerning ancient Cherokee Trails. Here is the link: ... kee-trails

Mapping Ancient Cherokee Trails
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For at least a thousand years – and perhaps as many as 10,000 – the Cherokee have been masters of the mountains, using trails that often went straight uphill to move between sacred sites, commercial centers and other places in their vast homeland. Two years ago, with the first of two Cherokee Preservation Foundation grants and guidance from the Tribal Heritage Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Wild South and its partners, Mountain Stewards and the Southeastern Anthropological Institute, started taking a journey across time. Their goal was to refind, restore and reemphasize the trail and road system of the Cherokee Nation in Western North Carolina and surrounding territory.
The Cherokee Trails Project covers approximately 150 linear miles and 47,000 acres in the Pisgah, Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests containing Cherokee historical sites. Wild South Cultural Preservation Director Lamar Marshall says that what has unfolded is “clear evidence that the main arteries of our 20th century road system in the Southeast were built directly on Cherokee trails and corridors – the Cherokee developed the circuitry for modern transportation.”
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Re: Mapping Ancient Cherokee Trails

Post by Larry Tucei » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:29 pm

Ed, Cool post! Almost every highway in the southeast was at one time an Indian route. Most of our cities and towns are where old Indian settlements were. To bad we wiped out the history of these great peoples. They were really in tune with the enviorment something I think most of us have lost. Larry

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Re: Mapping Ancient Cherokee Trails

Post by ElijahW » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:14 pm


Thanks for the link. That's definitely something I'll try to check out next time I get down near Cherokee. Great story.

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