The Warriors of AniKituhwa

education-warriors6This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762. They are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. They have performed at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Montreal, and throughout the Southeast.  See some of their dances here.

The War Dance was used not only when men went to war, but also when meeting with other nations for diplomacy and peace, and within the Cherokee nation was also used to raise money for people in need. It conveys the strength of the Cherokee nation.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa also perform Cherokee social dances, including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture. They can provide living history demonstrations and programs in flute, storytelling, Cherokee language, beadwork, quillwork, and more.

For inquiries and or to book the Warriors please email:


Mountain Heritage Award 2007

Best of the Mountains 2006


* London New Years Day Parade, London, England

  • National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
  • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
  • Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg VA
  • Cherokee Days, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
  • National Folk Festival, Greensboro NC
  • American Indian Heritage Celebration, Raleigh NC
  • Cherokee Fall Fair, Cherokee NC
  • Cherokee Voices Festival, Cherokee NC
  • Kituhwa Celebration, Cherokee NC
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee NC
  • Red Clay Reunion, Red Clay TN
  • Cherokee National Holiday, Tahlequah OK
  • Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University
  • Southeast Tribes Festival, Cherokee NC,  Atmore AL
  • Native American Festival, Moundville Archaeological Park AL
  • Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Festival, Vonore TN
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN
  • First Nations Festival, Montreal Canada
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville NC
  • Charles George Veterans Hospital, Oteen NC
  • Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain GA
  • Decatur Book Fair, Decatur GA
  • Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, Dillard GA
  • Irish-Cherokee Cultural Exchange
  • Fulbright Scholars Cherokee Experience
  • North Carolina Humanities Council Cherokee Seminar
  • Cherokee Visitor Appreciation Day
  • Cherokee Preservation Foundation Community Event
  • Kituhwa Mound Annual Celebration
  • Maggie Valley Civil War Reenactment
  • Cherokee Fourth of July Powwow
  • Huber Corporation Documentary Film
  • Harrah’s Grand Opening of the Soco Tower
  • Bele Chere, Asheville
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Festival
  • National Museum of the American Indian-First Anniversary Celebration
  • Festival of Native Peoples, Cherokee
  • Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University
  • Cherokee Fall Fair
  • Colonial Williamsburg–historical reenactment and dance
  • SAMAB Conference, Cherokee
  • Warren Wilson College
  • North Carolina State
  • First Army, Atlanta
  • Cherokee High School Football games
  • Opening of Emissaries of Peace: the 1762 Cherokee/British Delegations


  • Dance workshops for the community
  • Pucker Toe Moccasin Making workshop
  • Performances for Cherokee Central Schools
  • Appearance at CHS football games
  • Kituwah Celebration


  • Eastern Frontiers Conference, Akron, Ohio
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Cherokee Language Immersion Class


  • Blue Ridge Parkway video
  • Huber Corporation
  • Emissaries of Peace exhibit video
  • Agee Films documentary on the Appalachians for PBS
  • Rabun Gap Nacoochee School promotional video