Mary Arpante Sunbeam, storyteller and Cherokee of the Appalachians, educating children about traditional tribal value and teachings.
Cherokee Native American Culture
The history of Native American Indians' interaction
with the English colonists of Virginia dates to 1607 when the
Powhatan Confederacy entered into a treaty that provided for
friendship and peace with the Jamestown settlement. The project
focuses on the Native American Indian tribes of Virginia,
specifically the Cherokees, who continue to honor their ancestors,
their tribal elders, and the Native American veterans who have
served in wars to protect and defend the United States. To ensure
the next generation will carry on their culture and traditions,
Virginia tribal people share oral histories, storytelling, tribal
teachings, and crafts; an Appalachian fall harvest festival
celebrates their agricultural heritage.
Documentation includes a videotape of a BBC interview
with Mary Sunbeam, Cherokee, teaching about tribal values; a
videotape of the Cherokee Indian Nation of the Appalachians Harvest
Fall Festival, held annually in October in Virginia; and an audio
cassette showcasing Jeff Ball, flutist, and the storytelling of
Mary Arpante Sunbeam illustrating the fundamental teachings of her
"Path of Gratitude."
Originally submitted by: James P. Moran, Representative (8th District).
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