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Learning about and Learning from Nikwasi Initiative
When a crisis occurs in the stewardship of a culturally sensitive place, how do you bring different cultures together to both honor Native People and create unity in a rural place? It turns out that it requires time, commitment, awareness, and a lot of hard work. In 2016, the Nikwasi Partners got together as a collective of individuals interested in helping to reconcile stewardship mistakes at the Nikwasi Mound and create a closer connection between the Community of Franklin and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. You will have to participate in the Nikwasi Initiative Presentation during Clemson's Native American Heritage Month to hear some of the stories about the challenges and opposition to that idea. What seems like a natural correction in the long history of exclusion since the 1838 Removal of Cherokee people from their homes on the Trail of Tears, was, simply put, not a "slam/dunk." And, once the property was deeded to the Nikwasi Initiative, there was still reconciliation work to do. The magic is in the trust, and in carrying the momentum forward to assure ongoing benefits to all communities.

Nov 5, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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