The Cherokee mothertown, Kituwah, a tribally-owned archeological complex in Swain County, was the target of an act of vandalism late last week, according to an article posted on the TuckasegeeReader.com.
According to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians historic preservation officer Russ Townsend, the perpetrators lifted a cattle gate off of its hinges and drove a full-size pickup truck onto the complex, making at least one pass over the Kituwah mound, which is the focal point of an archeological site that dates to the Mississippian period.
“We feel like it was an act of vandalism and luckily there was little damage to the mound itself,” Townsend said. He also said he has often been the victim of verbal abuse from passing motorists as he conducted school tours of the site with groups of Cherokee students. To him, that’s more damaging than the tire tracks on the mound.
Photo by Giles Morris.