Cherokee Education, Past and Present Zoom Presentation by Dr. Allen Bryant

Date(s) – Jan 21 2021
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is proud to offer a series of exclusive virtual events for museum members in 2021. The first event features Dr. Allen Bryant from Appalachian State University and will take place online via Zoom from 6:30-7:15pm on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

Dr. Bryant, Associate Professor in the College of Education at Appalachian State University, will conduct a thirty-minute presentation titled, “Cherokee Education, Past and Present,” at this first members only program for Chieftains. This presentation will focus on the efforts of mission schools to provide an English/American education to Cherokees in the past, including the children of Major Ridge, as well as challenges in the Cherokee educational system today.

In addition to teaching at Appalachian State University, Dr. Bryant facilitates the “Appalachian State University & Cherokee Central Schools Early Teacher Program” initiative, bringing to light the desperate need for American Indian educators. To that end, he has begun this partnership by offering a history orientated high school class via a hybrid model to American Indian students on the Qualla Boundry. This class is offered as a college elective course, providing students with three college credits upon successful completion. In Dr. Bryant’s words, “The need for recruitment, support and graduation of Eastern Band of Cherokee teachers and administrators is, therefore, part of a larger American Indian issue.” This is the foundation Dr. Bryant’s initiative is built on.

The January 21st presentation will take place via Zoom and is free those who have a 2021 membership to Chieftains Museum. Registration for this event will begin in early January. There is still plenty of time to become a member of the museum in time to take part in this presentation! Museum memberships start at $45 for individuals and can be purchased online via the membership tab above.