By Lilly Knoepp, Blue Ridge Public Radio
The first piece of a project connecting historical sites of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee is complete. When the full project is finished, a cultural corridor will run over 60 miles along the Little Tennessee River from Rabun County in Georgia to the town of Cherokee on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina. The effort has been a long time coming.
The Cowee Valley in present day Macon County is the heart of the ancient Cherokee people. It’s also home to start of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. The name Cowee in Cherokee is “Kawiyi,” which means “Deer Town."