Cherokee’s Festival of Native Peoples celebrates cultures from around the world July 12-13

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Cherokee Festival Celebrates Native Peoples From Around the World
Ninth Annual Festival of Native Peoples Is Finest Showcase of Native Dance, Art and Culture in the Southeast

CHEROKEE, N.C. (July 1, 2013) — Known as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples, July 12-13, 2013, is an explosion of traditional dance, storytelling and song performances honoring the collected history, culture, tradition and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Visitors to Cherokee can witness the arresting and powerful, culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, Zuni, Apache, Hawaii, Totonac and Cherokee peoples through non-stop performances and art markets featuring esteemed native artists at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee, N.C.

“An array of entertainment as diverse as the tribes that provide it ensures visitors to Cherokee will be impressed,” said Howard Wahnetah, event supervisor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. “The tribes are so different, and when we come together to celebrate our collective native heritage, we gain a better understanding of our own history and customs. It’s vital that we continue to learn from our Elders and pass down to the younger generations our living history and culture. Festival of Native Peoples helps us and visiting tribes do just that.”

Among the dancing, singing, prayers, exhibited art and native encampments, this year’s festival highlights include the ever popular Totonac pole flyers of Mexico who thrilled audiences as they fly from a ninety-foot pole in a spectacle of swirling color in honor of the sun and the Totonac calendar. Also performing are the Lelala Dancers of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation of North Vancouver Island, the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers of Arizona, the Zuni Dancers from New Mexico, the Turquoise Dancers, the Aztec Dancers from Mexico City, Mexico, and Cherokee’s Warriors of AniKituhwa.

Gates open Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. with performances throughout the day and into the evening. Daily admission is $10 per person; children six and under free. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the gate.

About Cherokee, N.C.
Adventure and fun, wrapped in authentic Cherokee culture, are brought to life on the Qualla Boundary, the original homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Cherokee, N.C., offers activities, packages and itineraries that make visiting an affordable pleasure for all ages and interests. Enjoy cultural festivals and attractions, bonfires, camping, tubing, hiking, wading, kayaking, biking, birding, waterfalls, water mills, a pioneer village, art galleries and shops, hotels and motor lodges, family fun parks, petting zoos, more than 30 miles of untamed trout waters, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. For more information about Cherokee, N.C., go to or call 800-438-1601.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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