Upcoming Exhibit Uses Cherokee Language As a Foundation For Historical Understanding

Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University opens a new exhibition, “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future,” on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. This interactive exhibition, based on Cherokee language and culture, employs sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent Cherokee story in words, text, and artifacts. The exhibit runs through May 27. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Understanding Our Past, Shaping Our Future was developed with Cherokee community input with the assumption that language shapes thinking. In creating the exhibit storyline, the project team used the Cherokee language to reflect inherent Cherokee values.

This exhibition is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency, through a grant to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.