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BLACK MOUNTAIN — A virtual lecture called “Mounds, Towns, and Sacred Fires: The Archaeology of Resilience in the Cherokee Heartland” will be held from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Monday, April 12, by the Swannanoa Valley Museum.

The program by Dr. Ben Steere of Western Carolina University will explore historic Cherokee mounds and townsites and their importance as sacred, living parts of the cultural landscape of the Cherokee.

Despite a history of encroaching development and site destruction, mound and village sites like Kituwah, Nikwasi, and Cowee serve as sacred and enduring monuments to Cherokee communities and remain integral, living parts of the cultural landscape of the Southern Appalachians.

The program is part of the Appalachian Experience series, featuring a monthly online lecture and Q&A about the communities and ecology that make Appalachia a unique place.

$8 for members, $12 for non-members. Participants will receive a Zoom link when registering. Click here to register.