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July 11, 2008

American Indian Lecture Series continues with program on traditions of the Cherokee Indians

Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Lecture Series continues 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum with “Folklore and Lifeways of the Cherokee.” Barbara Duncan, education director for the Museum of the Cherokee, will focus on oral histories and traditions of the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Duncan will discuss southeastern native oratory as it relates to language, history and worldview. Her recent work includes contributions to the documentary, “The Principle People,” and the traveling exhibition, “Emissaries of Peace.” She is the author of the award-winning book “The Living Stories of the Cherokee” and the co-author of the “Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook.”

The lecture is free. No ticket or reservation required.

Following the lecture, guests will be invited to the Coffeehouse backyard at 9 p.m. for “Living Stories of the Cherokee.” This program features traditional stories of the Eastern Band of Cherokee as told in English and Cherokee by Leroy and Kathi Littlejohn. During the 18th century, Cherokee delegations of chiefs, warriors, orators and beloved women came to Williamsburg on diplomatic missions. Experience this fireside presentation and hear the Cherokee language as it was spoken in Williamsburg two centuries ago. During the colonial period, Cherokee used translators; this unique program will follow in that tradition.

Cost is $12 for adults and youth ages six-17, children under 6 are $6. Tickets may be purchased at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

“Friends and Brethren”: Cherokee Storytelling will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27 at the Coffeehouse backyard at 1:15 p.m. Among the Cherokee people, stories have been important not just for entertainment but for the transmission of values and history. Join storytellers from the Eastern Band of Cherokee as they relate stories from the Cherokee people.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket provides access to these two programs.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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