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November 13, 2019

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Developing A 60-Mile Cultural Corridor

After preserving a sacred Cherokee site in Franklin, known as the Nikwasi Mound, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a local conservation group are now developing a 60-mile cultural corridor. The corridor will run between Nikwasi Mound and another heritage site called Cowee. Juanita Wilson is co-chair of the Nikwasi Initiative, the organization behind the project, which she says was sparked by the effort to protect Nikwasi Mound.  Once completed, the Cherokee Cultural Corridor will follow the Little Tennessee River and include historical information on Cherokee settlements, trade relationships and traditional knowledge of plants and agriculture.

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