Bartram’s Reminiscences By Lamar Marshall Cultural Heritage Director, Wild South (printed in the NC Bartram Trail Society Newsletter March 2014) When I first read Bartram’s account of his visit to the Cherokee Middle Towns in 1775, I was particularly interested in the details of his journey after he left the site of Fort Prince George…Read More
In May 2014, The Cherokee Preservation Foundation hosted the annual Community Celebration Day, which is an event for members of the Cherokee community to see the various projects funded by the CPF throughout the year and gives grantees the opportunity to showcase what they have been and are doing with granted funds and to…Read More
Tennessee’s wilderness takes critical step toward protection Local community cheers Senators and urge for House introduction Chattanooga, TN (April 8, 2014) –Senate Committee passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 1294) was applauded today by a diverse coalition of hunters, anglers, business owners, faith leaders, outdoor recreationists, and conservationists. Members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture,…Read More
March 27, 2014 Cherokee One Feather We are proud and honored to once again partner with the Cherokee Preservation Foundation to finalize projects placing 85,000 tribal records into EBCI libraries and providing greater public access to these critical records which not only provide historical and genealogical information, but are also applicable to pinpoint special…Read More
This Fourth of July, take a moment to appreciate not only the story of America and its independence, but also the rich history of Native America. This month Wild South an Asheville-based conservation non-profit, in partnership with Google Earth Outreach, development firm TopFloorStudio, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has launched Cherokee Journey, an interactive website filled…Read More
This is the first video of our Cherokee Indian Trails work in Western North Carolina in partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Wild South hero, Lamar Marshall, has contributed volumes of his Indian Trails work and in collaboration with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and GoogleEarth, this interactive application uses decades of…Read More
Ancient Cherokee trail system restored for today’s generation By Jenni Frankenberg Veal Published Sunday, March 3rd 2013 at Nooga.com American Indian trails once wove throughout the North American landscape, following the contours of the land to connect communities and provide trade routes across the continent. While remnants of these ancient trails still exist throughout the…Read More
Great Article from Jenny Veal at Nooga.com. See the whole story HERE With guidance provided by the Tribal Heritage Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the nonprofit organization Wild South and its partners have mapped more than 1,000 miles of Cherokee trails that existed prior to the mid-1800s in eastern Tennessee, western…Read More
Local Non-Profit to Develop Interactive, Web-Based Map and Virtual Tours of Cultural Geography of the Cherokee People in Western North Carolina ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2012) – Wild South today announced it has been awarded a $20,000 developer grant from Google Earth Outreach to create an interactive, web-based Google Earth Map, virtual tours and a…Read More
Article Originally Published in the Smoky Mountain News
Editor’s note: In April 2009, the non-profit organization Wild South was notified by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that it and partner organizations Mountain Stewards and the Southeastern Anthropological Institute had been awarded a grant to complete a project called the Trails of the Middle, Valley and Out Town Cherokee Settlements. What began as a project to reconstruct the trail and road system of the Cherokee Nation in Western North Carolina and surrounding states became a journey of geographical time travel. The many thousands of rare archives scattered across the eastern United States that proved “who, what, why, when and where” also revealed new information as to what transpired on and around these Cherokee trails that we were mapping.
By Lamar Marshall • Contributing writer
It was a hot day even at 5,000 feet elevation when we parked the car at Indian Gap on the crest of the Great Smoky Mountains and began mapping the route of the ancient Indian Gap trail that connected the Cherokee claims and hunting grounds of Kentucky with the Middle and Out Town Cherokee settlements.
Armed with 10 years of research, 50 years of cross-country experience, maps, GPS, food and water, the two-person Wild South team (Duke intern Kevin Lloyd and myself) started south toward Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokees, which lay about 14 miles away. Of course, it would take many days to map the route across the rugged terrain we were about to encounter.