North Carolina
Scottish and Cherokee Heritage and Music in Appalachia
Tap your toes to Scottish music, join in Appalachian folk songs and trace Cherokee history to present day during your studies in Lake Junaluska.
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Program No. 21338RJ
6 days
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Learn about the hearty people who have put their indelible stamp on the culture, music and history of Appalachia as you explore three enriching topics at the historic Lambuth Inn overlooking the picturesque Lake Junaluska in the mountains of Western Carolina. Scottish music is omnipresent in Appalachia — learn about its source in the homeland! Tune up your own vocal chords and join in songs beckoning the heart of local culture. And explore the sobering story of Cherokee history that dates back hundreds of years, up to today. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the nearby Biltmore Estate, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and more.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.

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  • Answer a fascinating question — Who are the peoples of Scotland? — using the songs of Scotland to delve into the history of a magic land.
  • Engage in a delightful exploration and participation of Appalachian balladry, folk songs, dulcimer and shaped note singing.
  • Walk through hundreds of years of Cherokee culture and history, including one of America’s darkest tragedies, the Removal of tribes to the West.
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Lee Knight
Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee is a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, festivals and schools. He shares his knowledge of the natural world leading hikes, canoe trips and guiding whitewater rafts. Lee has collected and shares Cherokee legends and plays the Cherokee flute and rattle, as well as the Native American drum. He also plays the five-string banjo, guitars and the Appalachian dulcimer.
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