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Cherokee Near Fort Loudoun TN

March 25, 2017 all-day
Clayton Ctr for the Arts
502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
reserved 25.00 general admission 15.00

Compiled by Jim Moyer on March 17, 2017

If you go



Tanasi 1796,”

a docudrama recounting

early East Tennessee history, 1756-1796



Matinee, 2 p.m., evening, 7:30 p.m.


March 25, 2017



Clayton Center for the Arts,

Maryville College Campus,

502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville



Each performance, $25 reserved, $15 general admission



Call 865-981-8590





Photo taken at a Mason Dixon line event…but this picture is used to show the Whites surveying Indian land

The docudrama is set in 1796,

as the two main characters —

David Black’s ancestor,

Captain Joseph Black of Blount County,

representing the early settlers,

and Cherokee Peace Chief Attakullakulla,

representing the Cherokee —

tell their stories of events

spanning the time frame

from the construction of Fort Loudoun in 1756

during the French and Indian War

through the adoption of the Constitution

for the prospective entry of Tennessee

as the 16th state of the United States in 1796.


The story is augmented by period music

from the Cherokee flutist, Randy McGinnis,

and fiddle/violin player Conny Ottway.


The live production features performances by

Joseph Casterline as Joseph Black,

Robert Rambo as Attakullakulla,

Steve Ricker as Ensign Andrew Evans and

Mark Halback as the Rev. Samuel Doak.


Visual presentation features

the period art of acclaimed artists

David Wright,

Richard Luce,

Lloyd Branson and others.


Director is Michael Kull.


“The program talks about both

the pioneer and the early Tennessee people

and it also talks about the Cherokee

and what they were expecting and

the interaction between the two,” Simon said. “

Then, finally, it talks about what happened to both.

David ends it with a dedication

to the early settlers who are buried

in the Blount County and surrounding area.”


More to see


Simon said, “This year, we decided

to expand it a little bit,

so we’re going to have more

musicians walking around

playing ahead of time before each program,”

a matinee at 2 p.m. and

an evening performance at 7:30 p.m.

“We have a bagpiper, we have some fiddlers,

a drummer, some dulcimer players.

They will be walking around and playing.

We have more re-enactors from the Overmountain Men,”

portraying American frontiersmen

who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.

“They had such a good time last year

that they wanted to do it again, too.”


About 25 organizations are planning foyer displays,

including Overmountain Victory Trail Association; Tennesseans for Living History; Museum of East Tennessee History; Mary Blount Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; Stephen Holston Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society; New Jersey Light Infantry Fife and Drum Company; Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center; Sequoyah Birthplace Museum; Blount Mansion Association; Fort Loudoun State Historic Park; Governor John Sevier Historical Society; Greenback Historical Society; and Pellissippi State Community College.


Simon said David Crockett’s rifle, owned by Joe Swann, will be on display.













“Tanasi (Cherokee: ᏔᎾᏏ, translit. Tanasi) (also spelled Tanase, Tenasi, Tenassee, Tunissee, Tennessee, and other such variations)

was an historic Overhill Cherokee village site

in present-day Monroe County, Tennessee,

in the southeastern United States.

The village was the namesake for the state of Tennessee.

Abandoned by the Cherokee in the 19th century,

since 1979 the town site has been submerged

by the Tellico Lake impoundment of the Little Tennessee River.

Tanasi served as the de facto capital of the Cherokee

from as early as 1721 until 1730,

when the capital shifted to Great Tellico




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To see the Tanasi Memorial

Navigate Google Car with your Mouse or Touchscreen.









(Cherokee, Ata-gul’ kalu; often called Little Carpenter by the English) (c. 1708–1778) was an influential Cherokee leader and the tribe’s First Beloved Man, serving from 1761 to around 1775. His son was Dragging Canoe, a leader of the Chickamauga Cherokee.





Captain Joseph Black


In September of 1780,

Col William Campbell’s regiment mustered

at Black’s Fort then joined Tennessee regiments

at Watauga Sycamore Shoals

in the first Volunteer military expedition.

Joseph Black was a Lieutenant

in Captain Dysart’s company of the Campbell regiment.

They tracked the British to King’s Mountain where,

for the first time, the patriots soundly

defeated the British on Saturday October 7, 1780.

George Washington was surprised

that such an armed force could be raised

from over the mountain and pleasantly surprised

that the British were so soundly beaten.
Upon their return to Abingdon, Virginia,

the soldiers learned that the Cherokee

had used the absence of the men to plunder

numerous homesteads.

General Martin’s wife,

a sister of one of the Cherokee chiefs,

asserted that this time, it was not just a few renegades,

but some of the chiefs involved in the raids.

Many of the soldiers rallied again

to bring revenge upon the Cherokees.

The settlers defeated the Cherokees

at the battle of Boyd’s Creek.

On Christmas Day 1780,

the soldiers rode through the cities

of the Overhill Cherokee

on the Little Tennessee River

burning homes and destroying crops.

During the return to Black’s Fort,

the soldiers scouted the land south

of the French Broad where several would later settle.


On June 16, 1792, Joseph Black Sr.

was commissioned as captain

in the Knox County Tennessee Militia

by Territorial Governor William Blount,

















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