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The Tennessee State Museum hosts a wide range of FREE, fascinating events and educational programs throughout the year. Advance reservations are not required, unless indicated on the listing. For seated events, seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Join us for a panel discussion of the life of the greatest of the Cherokee War chiefs, Dragging Canoe and the pivotal role he played in American history. The discussion will focus on the Cherokee Nation of the late 18th Century when it was beset with an invasion of white settlers that threatened the very existence of the Cherokee people. Dragging Canoe led Cherokee forces, assisted by Creek allies, in the struggle for Indigenous survival. He fought many battles in the Nashville area, including the Battle of the Bluffs, that nearly destroyed Fort Nashborough. For 17 years his leadership stopped the settler onslaught from overrunning Native lands in the Southeast and thereby changed the course of American history. The discussion shall also emphasize his legacy in the present-day.
Panelists include Melba Checote-Eads; Muskogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma; Toy Heape, Tennessee Historical Commission; Mark Tolley, Chairperson of the Tennessee Ancient Sites Conservancy; and Tennessee State Museum Curator Nick Fielder. Albert Bender, chairperson for the American Indian Coalition, will serve as moderator.