Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

The Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host a Family Free Day this Saturday, June 17th with Cherokee crafts, dance and stickball demonstrations.  It will take place from 11 am until 4 pm on the museum campus on Riverside Parkway in Rome.

Chieftains is partnering with Dr. Allen Bryant, Associate Professor in the College of Education at Appalachian State University, and Heath Robertson, a teacher at Cherokee High School, to bring Cherokee culture to Rome and Floyd County, according to a release from the museum.

Dr. Bryant facilitates a partnership with Cherokee Central Schools intended to encourage American Indian students on the Qualla Boundry in North Carolina to pursue the field of education, a great need in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Dr. Bryant will bring several of his Cherokee high school students to northwest Georgia to learn more about their history and promote their culture in our region.

Cherokee stickball demonstrations and lessons will also be given throughout the day for visitors to provide a glimpse into the past to learn about the game that eventually gave rise to modern-day lacrosse.

Saturday’s Family Free Day at Chieftains is free and open to the public.  For more information, call (706) 291-9494 or visit

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