Dr. Margaret Bender and Students- Ethnographic Field Trip to the Cherokee Reservation

This October 19-21, four WFU anthropology and linguistics students (Samantha Geary, Tyler Hollifield, Tripp Maloney, and Micah James) accompanied Prof. Margaret Bender on an ethnographic field trip to the Cherokee reservation in western NC.  Students met with language teachers, elders, and staff at the New Kituwah Cherokee Language Immersion Academy.  They learned about language-culture relationships in Cherokee and about the challenges and joys of Cherokee language revitalization.  They attended the annual Cherokee Indian Fair, where they witnessed a Miss Cherokee Pageant (much more creative and empowering than Miss America!), ate traditional boiled breads, studied cultural displays, and learned to get out of the way fast as an unusually heated game of stickball took place.  Despite rainy weather at the campsite, good spirits prevailed throughout!  This unique educational opportunity was sponsored by the Anthropology Department.


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