The Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a range of on-site and virtual programming designed to support the Museum’s mission to preserve and perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people.

2022 MCI Spring Lecture Series

MCI is proud to announce its Spring Lecture Series, held both in-person and virtually throughout March, April, and May of 2022. Under the theme of Food Sovereignty, the series features a lineup of Cherokee innovators, advocates, and culture keepers dedicated to preserving Indigenous foodways and plant gathering traditions.

Spring Lecture Series Schedule

The Seeds We Bear: The Ties Between Food, Identity & Motherhood
Thursday, June 2, 3pm
Melissa Lewis, Andi Murphy, Leslie Swan, Rowen White
Four women from different Indigenous nations across the United States will discuss the impact of traditional foods within their communities—and how pursuing stronger ties with traditional foods and preparation can strengthen our ties with ourselves. Panelists will also discuss how food can influence childbirth and motherhood.
Location: Virtual (Register here)

About the speakers:

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper/farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the Educational Director and lead mentor of Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. Rowen is the founder and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, which is an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at leveraging resources to support tribal food sovereignty projects. The mission of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Seed Savers Exchange, the largest public access seed bank in North America. She facilitates creative hands-on workshops and facilitates strategic conversations and community organizing around seed/food security around the country within tribal and small farming communities. Rowen has a deep commitment to approaching food systems revitalization with a cultural context.

Andi Murphy (Diné) is the creator, host and producer of the Toasted Sister Podcast, a show about Indigenous food. She’s the senior producer of the Native America Calling radio program, a one-hour national radio show about Indigenous issues and topics where she hosts a food focused show every month called “The Menu.” She is the 2021-2022 Civil Eats Indigenous Foodways fellow.

Andi grew up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. She has a journalism degree from New Mexico State University and has been working as a journalist since 2011. She’s also a photographer, a home cook and an amateur artist who creates all the art for the Toasted Sister Podcast. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her cats, Carrot and Lucifur.

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Atsila Anotasgi Cultural Specialists

Field trips on your own in the Cherokee area, free of charge:

  • Mountain Farm Museum—National Park Service
  • Newfound Gap and Clingman’s Dome—National Park Service
  • Kituhwa Mound—Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cultural Resources Office
  • Mingo Falls
  • Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Co-op

Other Cultural Attractions:

Oconaluftee Indian Village May 1 – October 24
“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama June – August