NORTH FORSYTH — As part of Native American Indian Heritage Month, the Hampton Park Library is holding a pair of events this weekend detailing the Cherokee past.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, the library will welcome local author and historian Don Shadburn for a program titled “Cherokee Countrymen and Mixed-Blood Families of Forsyth County.
According to Laura Bradley, program manager for the Forsyth County Public Library System, Shadburn’s talk will be in more of a question-and-answer format that’s geared toward adults and teenagers.
“He is definitely an authority on history in general, specifically in Forsyth County and in Cherokee, so we are pleased to have him visit our library,” she said.
A program for all ages, “Peace Pipes and Talking Leaves: Leaders and Lore of the Cherokee,” is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s part of the One World Forsyth program that gives children a view of other cultures through games, stories and foods.
Host and storyteller Barry Stewart Mann will use authentically-styled costumes and props, as well as a mixture of storytelling puppets and staging, to explore folklore and customs.
“Mann will focus on three historical figures at this program: Sequoyah, who was the creator of the Cherokee syllabary; Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman [a high Cherokee title]; and Dragging Canoe [a Cherokee war chief],” Bradley said.
Both events are free to the public, but registration is requested.