Cherokee Indians

I eventually ended up moving to Cherokee, North Carolina to accept a position, teaching sixth grade on in the Cherokee Elementary School on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. I was totally immersed in that environment, as I initially rented a house right behind the school, where my two sons and I lived.

My two sons were able to learn a lot about Cherokee language and customs (they won awards almost yearly for highest honors in Cherokee language classes). We were able to participate in a lot of events that gave us a lot of cultural background about Indians, in general, (and yes, they do call themselves Indians) and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, in particular.

At almost any assembly, we would be entertained by Cherokee singers and dancers.  Many times we had visits from storytellers.  I am familiar with many Cherokee legends.  On special occasions, the school lunchroom even served traditional Cherokee food.

I attended a Native American Educational conference in New Mexico.

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