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New Echota - Frontier Days 2010 - Photos

This photo album consists of photos taken at the "Frontier Days" event, held at New Echota Historic Site on October 16, 2010. There is also another album of New Echota photos available on this site, which you can view by clicking here. Photography by Dan "Whispering Eagle" Gunter. Be sure to bookmark this site and these pages, as there will probably be some video edited of the Frontier Days event and added to this page and site soon.

Photos ©Copyright 2010, Whispering Eagle Films.
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This photo shows the exterior of a typical Cherokee dwelling circa the time of the Trail of Tears. But on this occasion, "Frontier Days" at New Echota, there were many volunteers on hand to share information with visitors and perform demonstrations about Cherokee life (and the life of settlers) at that time in history, and the buildings were open for tours.
On of the many wonderful and generous volunteers. This young lady shared lots of interesting information about the Cherokee ways of life in the early 1800's.
The "Friends of New Echota" display table. One of many excellent displays at Frontier Days. Friends of New Echota display
Exterior of the recreated office and print shop for the Cherokee Phoenix at New Echota. New Echota print shop
Another exterior view of the Cherokee Phoenix print shop. Cherokee Phoenix Print Shop
A volunteer explains the equipment and techniques used in the days when the Cherokee Phoenix was in publication. He shared lots of great information about the Cherokee syllabary, which was invented by Sequoyah, and the first time in history that a Native American Nation had a written alphabet for their language.
The Cherokee Syllabary can be seen hanging on the wall. There were stories of Cherokee people learning to read and write their language in as little as TWO DAYS. As the volunteers asked visitors on this day: "And how many years did YOU spend learning to read and write English?" Sequoyah is said to have spent 12 years creating the Cherokee syllabary (alphabet) but what he created was obviously a work of genius, which helped shape Cherokee history (in a positive way.)
In this photo, a volunteer can be seen actually operating the printing press, which was how the Cherokee Phoenix (and other documents) were printed in the early 1800's -- one page or sheet of paper at a time.
A roller is used to pick up ink to apply to the typeset or plate over on the press (seen behind him.)
A sheet of paper is laid on the press.
Once the ink is applied to the "plate" or type and a sheet of blank paper is laid on the press, everything is slid into position in the actual "press"...
The press operator uses a large lever (see this gentleman's right hand) which actually "presses" the plate or typeset arrangement (which is covered with fresh ink) down onto the paper. It may LOOK easy, but it's actually an art, requiring skill to make the print come out legible and even.
The sheet of paper is then removed and inspected. An experienced press operator can spot even the tiniest imperfections and adjust things to keep the printing work nice and uniform, which means higher quality and less wasted materials, which were no doubt at a premium for the printers producing the Cherokee Phoenix.
The slanted rack you see holds hundres of pieces of type, each on being a letter or symbol, which would be arranged to form words and layout each page for printing. Can you imagine putting together a whole book -- one letter at a time?
More "type" which was used for laying out text and pages. Archeologists found approximately 600 pieces of the actual type used at the Cherokee Phoenix Print Shop scattered around New Echota. Some of it was actually found thrown in a well.
The recreated Vann's Tavern at New Echota. Vann's Tavern at New Echota
Another view of Vann's Tavern at New Echota. Vann's Tavern at New Echota
A Friends of New Echota Volunteer shares stories about the history and what sort of things would have taken place here at Vann's Tavern.
Young Scouts and visitors in a checkers match at Vann's Tavern.
The knowledgeable FONE Volunteer explains how the drive-thru window was really NOT invented by a modern fast-food chain. In fact, because some customers were not welcome INSIDE the place of business, they would be sent around back and served through an opening with a sliding door.
"May I take your order?" The small window can be seen opened as it would have been in Vann's day. Makes you wonder if anyone ever tried to sue Vann after spilling hot coffee on themselves?
Perhaps you couldn't "supersize" your order at this drive-thru, but you could get staples such as salt and sugar.
A Scout checking out one of the pipes, which can be seen in the box on the wall to his left. The stems of the pipes were sometimes made of reeds, which could be snipped-off after use, keeping them somewhat sanitary and ready for the next patron to use.
Young visitors trying their hands at using blowguns, which many Cherokee would have used for hunting small game such as rabbits and squirrels.
Checking out how well they did at hitting the targets with their blowguns.
At the Trail of Tears Association display table, Kim, one of the courteous and knowledgeable staff members at New Echota Historic Site discusses some of the activities of the day.
One of the artists and exhibitors at Frontier Day was busy cooking up an iron pot of boiled peanuts over a fire. They had been boiling for about 24 hours in sea salt and they were delicious.
Wood carings and arrowheads (genuine artifacts -- not reproductions) on exhibit (some for sale) at Frontier Day.
A rather tasty demonstration of cooking in cast iron over open flames and hot coals. The freshly prepared peach cobbler, pinto beans, biscuits, and cornbread were all delicious. And the time spent chatting with these volunteers and Friends of New Echota was wonderful.
Serving up helpings of delicious food, cooked the way it would have been in the early 1800's.
Serve it up, nice and hot!
Beautiful handcrafted jewelry and items on display and available for purchase.
Live music. The weather could not have been any nicer for sitting around and enjoying it, either.
A flintknapper was there to demonstrate how the Cherokee and other Native Americans would have created their arrowheads.
Guests being seated for a demonstration of flintknapping. Pull up a stump or bale of hay and get ready to be fascinated, folks.
Tools of the flintknapping trade.
A visitor trying her hand at preparing animal hides and skins. It definitely took more than a quick trip to a department store or ordering stuff on the internet to stay warm and get clothing back in those days.
Headed to the Worcester House at New Echota.
A demonstration of "laundry day" back in the 1800's.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but the young'uns of the 1800's didn't spend very much time listening to MP3 players, chatting on cell phones, playing video games, or surfing the web.
Of course the water would have been drawn from a well (as being demonstrated here behind the Worcester House), or carried from a nearby stream or lake.
A lady's work was just never done back in the 1800's.
Another volunteer sharing information about the Worcester House at New Echota.
A young Scout/Volunteer doing her part to greet and share with guests information about life in New Echota and the Worcester House in the early 1800's.
Along with the other activities which took place in the Worcester House was schooling. On the second floor of the house you can see an example of where the children would have been taught.
Another courteous and knowledgeable Volunteer, giving an amazing talk about the loom and how they made their own cloth back in the 1800's.
Guess where the yarn to use in the loom usually came from? Certainly not WalMart. It was created on a spinning wheel, an example of which can be seen here.
A group of vocalists singing old hymns, without the aid of pianos or technology. Their beautiful music could be easily heard a great distance away at New Echota on Frontier Day. Without the noise of automobiles, airplanes, and such, it was no doubt easy to hear singing and music perhaps miles away back in the 1800's.
A Volunteer watching the performance.
What a beautiful day it was for 2010 Frontier Days at New Echota. Picture perfect weather.
The leaves on many of the trees were starting to turn at New Echota on the day of "Frontier Days." If you've never been to New Echota, make it a point to visit soon. At present, the Historic Site is open Thursday thru Friday. Check out their site for more information, but the price of admission is low and it's a beautiful way for families to get outdoors and learn a lot of history.



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