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Compiled by Jim Moyer on March 17, 2017
If you go
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
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
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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(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.
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
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,