Join us Saturday March 11 from 11 am to 5 pm for a fun day of cultural activities.  FREE and family friendly.  This month’s theme is PLANTS! Strawberries won’t be ripe until May, but the first leaves of the wild strawberries are emerging from the ground.  The traditional name for the first new moon after the spring equinox was Anvyi, from the Cherokee word for strawberry, ani.  Adults and kids can make pottery at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm.  Just sign up when you get to the Museum–the workshop’s free.  Talk with Jerry Wolfe and watch our documentary film, “Plants and the Cherokee” at 12 pm and 2 pm.  This 26-minute film was created with the North Carolina Botanical Gardens and Laurel Hill Press, and features Jerry and other Cherokee elders talking about plants.  At 3, listen to Kathy Littlejohn and Matthew Tooni tell stories about food.  Matt will probably share some of his outstanding flute playing as well.  Joey Owle from the Cherokee Cooperative Extension Office will share info about their heirloom seeds program and their river cane restoration programs at 3 p.m. in the Lobby.  The day will wind up at 4 with traditional dancing with the Cherokee Friends, who are sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.  Other activities are sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.  Mark your calendar for April 8, the next Cherokee Heritage Day for Kawonu –the Bird Moon.

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