26th Annual Cherokee Fall Festival

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Event Location: 
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, P.O. Box 69, 576 HWY 360, Vonore, TN 37885
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum, will host the Cherokee Fall Festival formally known as the “Great Island Festival” on September 9 & 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. Visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance and the blacksmith shop will be doing demonstrations both days. Special demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700’s and a Civil War encampment and the Civil War battle re-enactment will be at 2:00.

The 26th Annual Cherokee Fall Festival’s theme is “Cherokee Phoenix”. Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation in North Carolina. Other activities include a tour of a reconstructed 1800’s dog-trot log cabin and visitors will have the opportunity to meet and chat with Miss Cherokee and have their name written in Cherokee. In addition, the Tennessee State Parks will be doing a Birds of Prey program both days and visitors will be able to meet Bill Landry who will host a book signing on both days from 11-1.

Children's activities include viewing posters from Cherokee Elementary school, darts, beads, talking sticks, face painting and free Cherokee name cards. The Museum will also host a children’s blowgun competition and an adult blowgun competition on both days. Traditional Indian Fry bread, Indian tacos, and other food and drinks will be sold.

This event is funded in part by Tennessee Arts Commission Rural Arts Program Grant, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Tickets are $5.00 each and children 12 and under are free. For more information about the Great Island Festival, contact the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at (423) 884-6246