November is Native American Heritage Month and Georgia’s Rome has several events that celebrate the rich cultures, traditions, histories and important contributions of Native people.
Kicking off the Rome International Film Festival opening night, there will be a performance from internationally recognized Cherokee musician, Tommy Wildcat (pictured) will be featured in two performances during the week of Nov. 9 – 12.
Known for his flute music, Tommy Wildcat has promoted awareness of Native American culture since 1988. A member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, Mr. Wildcat has appeared in numerous television specials and movies. He completed two overseas tours to the 1995 and 1997 Stockholm Water festival, performs yearly at pow wows in Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii, and regularly travels extensively across mainland America each year performing at cultural festivals, pow wows, historic museum sites and colleges as a featured artist. In 2013 the Cherokee Nation honored him, by naming him a “National Treasure” for his flute music & flute making (river cane flutes). The title National Treasure is awarded to those Cherokee Nation Citizens who have dedicated their lives to, and have made significant contributions to Cherokee history and culture.
The Chieftain’s Museum & Major Ridge Home will be open for FREE admission on Nov. 11 in conjunction with RIFF and the performance of Tommy Wildcat. You can also learn how to care for the environment with a local Master Gardener in a workshop for making mud ball seed bombs, so be prepared to get dirty! Tour the museum to learn about Cherokee history in Rome and how Major Ridge played a significant role in the events that deeply affect the Cherokee Nation.
Take a short trip to Cave Spring, to see the historic Vann’s Cabin another Cherokee landmark, and immerse yourself in more local Cherokee history in the heart of Vann’s Valley.
Also stop by one of our Visitor Centers and pick up one of our brochures on Native American Heritage throughout Northwest Georgia!