a little more Cherokee

When we visit Cherokee, Scott and I are so blessed to be able to stay with our friends, the Sweets.  We met Danny and Teressa on our first trip when we visited Cherokee Baptist Church.  They were so kind and invited us to lunch after church that day.  That began a wonderful friendship and we look forward to spending time with them each time we visit. 

They actually live in the pastorium right across the road from the church. This picture is the view from their back door....looking toward the church.

We've met alot of very special people at Cherokee Baptist Church.  One of them is Amanda Swimmer.  Mrs. Swimmer is well known on the reservation for her pottery.  As a enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, her work is featured in several states.  When we are in the area, we always visit the Qualla Arts & Crafts Museum to purchase another piece of her pottery.   

The pottery is beautiful on it's own, but having personally met Mrs. Swimmer gives it that much more meaning for us.  The picture below shows a sketch of her that was on display this time as well.  I'm not sure who the artist is, but it looks just like her!  She will be 92 years old this October!

Since we got our painting job done in one day, that left Saturday for fun time!  It had been a long time since we had ridden over the Smokies, so we took a long ride over the mountains that morning.

I forget the name of this spot where we stopped, but there was a staircase you could walk up to get a better view of the mountains.

 water fountain

Scott was confused about why I wanted to take a picture of the stone steps, but I thought it was worthy of a picture.  I can see using it in a 'Scripture & Snapshot' photo :)

The view on top...
Have you ever been to the area known as the "Chimneys"?  There is a beautiful picnic area near there that I just love!  The rocks there are huge...and very numerous...and I always want to bring some home with me!

When I was a little girl (and Scott was a little boy), we both had the privilege of seeing "Unto These Hills", a drama about the Trail of Tears.  It's an awesome play and one that I will remember for the rest of my life!  We had hoped to go see the last performance of the summer that Saturday night, but rain changed our plans :(  That is definitely on our to-do list for next summer! 

We decided to ride up the mountain and see if we could take a peek at the mountain-side theatre.  We were in luck!  It was open, so I was able to go in and take a few pictures.  Just standing there brought back so many childhood memories of family vacations - this one in particular where we saw the play. 

After that, we rode back into town and did a little shopping.  Scott and I both always come back with handcrafted Native American jewelry from each visit.  We just love it!

Check out this guy! LOL!

There are always a few places along the streets where you can watch and hear about some of the Native American dances.  Scott always laughs at me because all I have to hear is the sound of one drum and I'm looking for them!  I've been fascinated with these dances since I was a little girl.

I don't know his name, but this particular dancer performed in the dance festival we went to a couple of years ago.  He's really good!  The little girl with him can't be still.  She has to dance too! 

 Isn't she beautiful? 

Well, that's about it for now.  I'm praying that by our next visit, we will have a more clear picture of exactly what the Lord would have us to do specifically on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.  You won't waste a single prayer on us!  Thanks in advance :)

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Lisa Buffaloe said...

Ah such sweet memories as I read your post. Sweet hubby and I met in North Carolina and loved visiting the mountains in TN. We're in Idaho now and far removed from the green hills.

Thank you for taking me back to fond memories.

Lynn Langford said...

So glad you stopped by. Yes...those green hills are so beautiful! I hope to visit again this fall when the leaves are turning :)

Blessings to you!