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News Community Cherokee chiefs among guests at ‘Taste’

At their June meeting, Mayor Joe Collins and the Aldermen of the Town of Franklin proclaimed the week of June 10 through June 16, 2013, as Scottish Heritage Week in recognition of the impact of the Scottish settlers on Franklin. Pictured with Collins (left) is Doug Morton, event chair of Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival which begins Thursday with a golf tournament and a clan dinner.Representatives from the Eastern Band of the Cherokees will join “Taste of Scotland “ this weekend. Current chief Michell Hicks and retired chief Robert Youngdeer will be honored guests along with dancer Eddie Swimmer.

Swimmer will perform authentic Indian dances, including the Hoop Dance, at the Gazebo. During the Indian Symposium, he will talk about the relationship between the Scots and the Cherokee. Chief Youngdeer will speak on his memoirs entitled “A Marine, Chief and Proud American.”

Scots have always had a strong business sense. Those who came to the colonies after Culloden in 1746 and the Clearances in the early 19th century lived in Charleston and Savannah. They brought metal merchandise, such as cups, knives and guns, and beads inland to the Cherokees and also the Creeks in exchange for deerskins and beaver pelts. The Scotch personality blended better than the British or French acumen for several reasons. Both Cherokee and Scots were administered by the clan system, both were matriarchal, appreciated bravery and were used to living in mountainous areas.

Qualla Boundary has helped furnish The Cherokee Room at the Scottish Tartans Museum. We have a diorama with mannequins illustrating a trading exchange. If one was to stand at the top of Town Hill and look down toward the Little Tennessee River in 1730, one would have seen the Cherokee Middle Town Village of “Nikwasi” with the mound in the background, topped with the ceremonial lodge. Family homes, storage buildings, a stickball field and gardens of corn and squash could have been noted all the way to the river.

The Cherokee guests will be introduced at the parade. The symposiums will be held in the afternoon. For information, contact event chair Doug Morton at (727)424-890l, at the information table at the Taste, or with the Scottish Museum at (828)524-7472.


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