Nikwasi Initiative preserves, protects, and promotes culture and heritage in the original homelands of the Cherokee people.
Intercultural understanding is universal!
Noquisiyi (later interpreted as Nikwasi) means star place and was a Cherokee town
situated in present-day Franklin, North Carolina.
Though its exact age remains unknown, Noquisiyi appears on maps as early as 1544, and British colonial records first mention it by name in 1718.
At the heart of Noquisyi on the banks of the Little Tennessee River, the town's meeting hall once towered over the landscape, built atop the mound which was formed by Cherokee women carrying baskets of soil to that location. Today, Noquisiyi Mound, the settlement's only surviving landmark, rises as the gateway to Franklin.
Notice of Public Input Session Regarding Noquisiyi (Nikwasi) Mound
Please join Nikwasi Initiative and Equinox at a public meeting and share your ideas for a gateway culture district around Noquisiyi (Nikwasi) Mound in Franklin.
This is a chance for you to learn about the vision for a Noquisiyi Cultural District around the Mound. The district will be a Cherokee cultural center and a gateway to far western North Carolina. It will be a national model of communities sharing across cultures.
There are several options online and in-person for you to share ideas. We want to hear from you, so please join us at one of these meetings.
Wednesday, December 1, at 12:00 PM Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86851101968
Thursday, December 2, at 6:30 PM Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84488788613
In-Person Drop-In Options:
Cherokee - Friday, December 3rd, 4:00 - 5:00 PM at Qualla Boundry Public Library
(810 Acquoni Road - Cherokee)
Franklin - Thursday, December 2nd, 4:30 - 6:00 PM at Macon County Public Library in Conference Room 1 (149 Siler Farm Road - Franklin)