Cherokees of the Carolinas Forum at World of Energy
Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station continues to celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversaries of Oconee and Pickens counties with free educational forums in April. Coming up, award-winning outdoor writer, historian and interpretive naturalist Dennis Chastain presents “Cherokees of the Carolinas” at 10am on Tuesday, April 17, at the World of Energy. Chastain will offer his popular presentation of maps and vintage aerial photographs of the known locations of Cherokee towns, villages and hamlets along with details of Cherokee life during South Carolina’s Colonial Period. Ranging from the native plants that were important to Cherokee culture to the types of structures in their communities, this is the story of an inventive and enduring people that includes profiles of important Cherokee headmen such as Attakullakulla, Oconostota and Dragging Canoe. Chastain lives on his family’s home place in the shadow of Table Rock, where his ancestors have been deeply rooted since 1796. All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after each event. With the exception of the lobby and auditorium, World of Energy self-guided exhibits are closed on Sunday, April 29. The World of Energy hosts events throughout the year, including guest speakers, community forums, art displays, entertainment and much more. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/worldofenergy.