Since 1995 U.S. Presidents have issued annual proclamations designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month, or since 2009 as National Native American Heritage Month, to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.

As I’ve mentioned before, the mountain hollow in Townsend, TN, where Smokies Cabins are located was once a sacred meeting place for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Here is a brief history of the Cherokee Indians in Tennessee and North Carolina, in and around what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Cherokee, NC

Here’s a blog post I wrote this past summer about Cherokee, NC, 52 miles from Smokies cabins in Townsend, including key cultural and historical attractions, brief history, and directions:

Ways to Honor Native Americans

And here are some ideas for ways to honor Native Americans during National Native American Heritage Month:

This November, please join Smokies Cabins ( in celebrating and expanding awareness of the many significant contributions and sacrifices made by the Cherokees and all 574 Indian tribes in the United States. 

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