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Native American Dancers, Cherokee, North Carolina

This image shows a troupe of Native American dancers dressed and posed in dance posture. The dance is called the Eagle Dance. Cherokee, North Carolina is the headquarters of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

Color Photo by Cherokee Historical Association, Inc.

The description states:

“UNTO THESE HILLS”

Cherokee, North Carolina

The centuries-old colorful Cherokee Indian Eagle Dance is recreated on the outdoor drama. “Unto These Hills” will be presented nightly except Mondays, from late June through early September, at Mountainside Theatre, Cherokee, North Carolina.

–The performance of “Unto These Hills” continues to the present day and describes their history up to the deportation and Trail of Tears in 1838. The current version was first performed in 1950.

This card was used and is dated 30 June 1961.

Purple Rhododendron, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Originally known as the Appalachian Scenic Highway during its construction, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a linear park connecting other National Parks in the system, while not being a national park itself. It is the most visited unit of the National Park system.

Ektachrome by Elliot Lyman Fisher, Asheville, N. C.

The description states:

PURPLE RHODODENDRON in bloom on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Craggy Dome in the background.

–Craggy Dome is the highest point in the Great Craggy Mountains of North Carolina. It is the smoother of the two prominences in this picture.

This card was used and is dated 31 May 1973.

Tootie Burgess, Cherokee woman, North Carolina

This image shows the woman identified as Tootie Burgess sitting in a demonstration tipi with a bow and arrows displayed at the entrance. Her dress looks very European rather than Native American, though it is likely it was made by the woman or another rather than purchased.

Tootie Burgess, Cherokee, N. C.

This woman may have been considered particularly photogenic, as she appears in several other postcard images of the time. She is recognizably Native American, but the use of a more European style name would indicate a blood connection to the Burgess family.

There are indications from others that the photo is from the late 1950s, but her appearance with other Cherokee who were photographed in the late 1930s would imply this image likely dates to the 1940s. The misdating may be a result of the photo being sold for many years or decades after the original was produced.