Archived Stories for Union County Public Schools
AIG Visits Cherokee
New Salem Elementary’s fourth and fifth grade AIG classes visited Cherokee, NC on October 10. The field trip began at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian where the world’s greatest collection of Cherokee artifacts and treasures were brought to life. While at the museum students attended a storytelling to hear ancient Cherokee myths.
After a picnic lunch at Islands Park, students stopped by the Oconaluftee Indian Village for a dance presentation, a tour of the authentic working village, lectures, and a hands-on pottery class. While at the village students enjoyed live reenactments and interactive demonstrations.
The next stop was the Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine where students “panned fer gold.” Although no students found gold, several found emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, topaz, and more.
For dinner students feasted at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort - Chef’s Stage Buffet. The restaurant features chef specialties prepared at interactive stations and offering tastes from around the world.
The final stop of the day was to the annual Cherokee Indian Fair. Over a century old, this festival is a carnival and an agriculture show. With food, music, rides, stickball, and games, this was a final treat after a day loaded with history, science, and art experiences.
Written by: Beverly Little, AIG Teacher
Posted: Oct 30, 2014 by Gina James