Friday, February 6, 2009

Forest Recreation Class Tours Museum of the Cherokee Indian

On Tuesday, February 3rd, Bob Pinkston and Outdoor Recreation class, consisting mostly of Forest Management sophomores, traveled to Cherokee to visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. This lab was planned to give the students a cultural perspective and understanding of the history of these great people and how they managed and respected the resources of the forest they lived within.

These soon to be graduates will have job opportunities in our National Forests and National Parks as interpreters at Cultural and Historic sites throughout the United States and will be expected to give presentations to tourists and should be well informed about the culture and history of the site they work at. What they saw and learned about the museum may give them some great ideas to offer at sites they may work at in the future.

A real treat for the students was a private session with Bo Taylor, Archivist and Member of the Warriors of AniKituhwa, who gave the students a perspective of the Cherokee people they will remember for life. Bo speaks fluent Cherokee and performs traditional dances of his people and spoke at length about cultural beliefs, warriors, and diseases our ancestors brought to their nation. He demonstrated warrior confrontations and posturing rituals his ancestors would use prior to battle. Bo also spoke of the pride of his people and his heritage and our students seemed to come away with a different respect for the Cherokee Nation. “We can and should learn how to live within our precious resources and manage for sustained long term objectives as the indigenous people of Western North Carolina did before we arrived”, said Instructor Pinkston.

The Forestry students are learning that outdoor recreation jobs within our National Parks, National Forests, State Forests, and City Parks and Recreation are about a lot more than just trail building and maintenance. You need to use your brain as well as your back to get a job at one of these agencies and many times need to be completely aware and sensitive to cultural diversity. The ability to speak to large crowds and conduct presentations with a total knowledge of topic is emphasized in this class and may ultimately land them the dream job at one of many locations throughout the United States.

Joyce Cooper, Museum Membership Manager, retired Learning Resource Center Coordinator and long time employee at HCC, assisted with tour arrangements. Also, we want to thank Ken Blankenship, Director of the Museum, for his hospitality and generosity. We look forward to returning next year.

Submitted by Bob Pinkston, Instructor
Photo by Joyce Cooper, Museum Membership Manager


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