He embarked on his journey believing that the indigenous peoples he encountered would be similar to the Incas he interacted with in Peru — willing to serve as reliable guides and extremely wealthy. However, the natives de Soto and his men encountered were completely different.
Take a rare glimpse into Pre-Columbian Georgia by visiting some of the state's Native American heritage sites that chronicle indigenous activity here from as early as A. At the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, northwest Georgia was home to generations of Native American populations including ones of the Mississippian Culture that lived there from A. The Mississippians are known for building mound-like structures that were used as sites for temples, chiefly homes and burial buildings in their villages.
One of the most well preserved villages of this era is the Etowah Indian Mounds located in Cartersville.
Six earthen mounds are located on-site in addition to a museum that allows visitors to explore the culture's rich political and religious traditions that included decorating themselves with tattoos, sea shells, and feathers. The center showcases tools used by local tribes, contemporary artwork from Native American descendants and a documentary that chronicles the history of Native Americans in the Southeast. It also focuses on preserving native plants and local water resources. See a complete list of links below this release. Next, travel north to Chatsworth and see how James Vann, the son of a Scottish trader and Cherokee woman lived as an Indian chief and one of the richest men in America.
Visit the Chief Vann Housemeet native Atlanta Ga 19th century brick home, and learn more about his life at the on-site museum. Also near Chatsworth is Fort Mountain State Park that has at its mountain's summit a zig-zagging, foot long rock wall that was presumably built by Native Americans who inhabited the region long before the Cherokee. One of the most important sites in Cherokee history can be found south of Chatsworth, near Calhoun, at the former but short-lived capital of the Cherokee nation - New Echota.
The site was home to a Cherokee Supreme Court, tribal council and printing house of the first Native American newspaper- the Cherokee Phoenix that was printed in both English and Cherokee. The museum is the former home of wealthy Cherokee leader Major Ridge, who earned his title as 'major' after leading Cherokee to fight alongside Andrew Jackson and the Tennessee militia against the Creek Indians in the Creek War of A modest cabin, Chief White Path's home today features a vegetable and herb garden that would have been typical of the Cherokees, as well as authentic furnishings.
While in the area, you might also drive up to Blairsville to the Chattahoochee National Forest to the Track Rock Archaeological Area that has preserved petroglyphs, or ancient Indian stone engravings, that depict animals, bird tracks, circles and human footprints.
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While north Georgia has a rich Native American history, there are other important sites across the state. The mounds at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon feature a reconstructed earthlodge or earthen-made house that was used for ceremonies and important meetings.
Built between and A. The site features a collection of artifacts that date back more than 12, years. The earliest inhabitants of this area and nearby Sapelo Island are believed to date back to prehistoric times. Finally, a year-old oak tree in Brunswick is is said to be where Native American braves would meet their maidens.
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Georgia's folk art can also provide insight into the state's Native American heritage. Winterhawk Pottery in Watkinsville specializes in Native American dinnerware and ceremonial pots that have been inspired by artwork discovered in Indian burial mounds across the Southeast.
Donna Redfeather of Redfeather Des in Cleveland makes Native American-inspired home decor and accessories that include dream catchers, leather pouches and beaded jewelry. Finally, attending an annual festival is another great way to experience Native American culture in Georgia.
The Gwinnett County Fairgrounds hosts an American Indian Festival in May and October every year that features traditional dancing, flute playing, storytelling and Native American jewelry and pottery. These historic sites, crafts and festivals crafts help bring to life the rich cultural traditions, political struggles and lifestyle changes that were salient in the lives of Georgia's native peoples.
Don't miss an opportunity to better understand our Native American history and Georgia's role within it. Visit www. The Georgia Department of Economic Development GDEcD is the state's sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for film, video and music projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.
Chicopee Woods Indian Festival. Chief Vann House Historic Site. Chieftains Museum, Major Ridge Home.
Christmas Candlelight Tour of New Echota. Etowah Valley Indian Festival and Powwow. Fort King George Historic Site.
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Fort Mountain State Park. Fowler's Creative Gourds: [ protected] or Historic Effingham Society. Kolomoki Festival. Kolomoki Mounds State Park. Lovers' Oak. Ocmulgee Indian Celebration. Redfeather Des: [ protected] or Sweetwater Creek Intertribal Powwow. Sweetwater Creek State Park.
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