Connecting Students with Cherokee History and Culture

Cherokee Traveling Trunks Provide Cobb Students with Hands-on Learning.

A big thanks to the Marietta Colonial Dames and the Georgia Trail of Tears Association for creating two traveling trunks for Cobb County School District teachers to help second grade students learn about Cherokee history and culture.

These trunks are available to second grade teachers to help expand student knowledge of Cherokee history by having hands-on experiences with the actual objects of Cherokee culture.  Many of the items have been produced by Cherokee artisans in Cherokee, North Carolina.  Included in the trunk are items such as seed samples from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma that are the same heirloom variety now stored with the International Seed Bank in Norway, and authentic stickball equipment made by Jerry Wolf, a Cherokee Elder with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina.  The Cherokee Traveling Trunks contain several other primary sources and artifacts along with children’s literature—all designed to teach our youngest learners about the rich history and culture of the Cherokee Nation.

Engaging Families with Learning at the Cherokee Garden at Green Meadow Preserve

Learn how the Cherokee lived close to the earth and used native plants for food, medicine, crafts, weapons, and ceremonial uses.  Tony Harris, current Georgia Trail of Tears President, created and planted a Cherokee Garden in Cobb County at Green Meadow Preserve.  This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the Cherokee with your family and friends.  Mr. Harris encourages students and families to learn more about the Cherokee Garden by visiting the Green Meadow Preserve and www.gatrailoftear.org


Trudy Delhey, Supervisor
Social Studies

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