What is it?
The Courtyard of the Cherokee is an outdoor arts and culture exhibit that authentically represents the seven clans of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now open at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.
What to Expect at the Courtyard of the Cherokee
The entrance contains an eternal flame and describes the 1830s removal of the Cherokee and the importance of the Snowbird Mountains. Large panels on the windows surrounding the courtyard explain why the number 7 is sacred, illustrate the various masks worn by the Seven Clans and describe the ceremonies they hold.
The focal point of the Courtyard of the Cherokee is the Eternal Flame sculpture created by Cherokee craftsmen. The sculpture features pounded copper elements depicting the seven clans and the Cherokee legend of the spider attached to a steel frame base. The area is surrounded by a courtyard garden containing native trees and plants used for arts, medicine and basic survival.
Is the Courtyard Good for Kids?
As long as you have the time and energy to help interpret the historical artifacts, this attraction is great for middle school and high school kids.
The Courtyard is located at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. For more information visit www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.