Historian To Give Talk On The Cherokee Sept. 9 At PFE


Last updated 9/1/2021 at 5:28pm

Award-winning writer, naturalist, and Western historian Mark Warren will present “The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and How We Can Use Them Today” at the outdoor pavilion at Pisgah Forest Elementary School at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 9.

Warren, owner of the nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, Ga., has been teaching nature and survival skills of the Cherokee to adults and children for more than 45 years.

Warren believes today’s society can – and should – learn some valuable lessons and skills from those native people who inhabited the southeastern part of the United States hundreds of years before European explorers ever landed on its shores. He will be discussing how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire. Mark will bring along some plants and handmade crafts for viewing and discussion.

“All of us who live in North Carolina and the northern third of Georgia reside on land that once belonged to the Cherokee,” he said. “While these native people led lives of intense daily interaction with their natural surroundings, most folks today have reduced nature to a backdrop of scenery. The great deficit in this scenario is our lack of understanding that we still depend upon nature. That dependency is largely hidden to us, especially to the new generations that come along to take over the ‘rules’ of how we behave with nature – air to breathe, water to drink, energy to consume for our daily actions. These are commodities that are easy to take for granted. If taken for granted, humans will have no reason to respect and conserve the pieces of the puzzle we call ecology.”

For more information about Warren, visit http://www.medicinebow.net.


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