February 19, 2010

New Echota plans film festival

from Rome News-Tribune



Friends of New Echota will present the Second Annual New Echota Cherokee Film Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27, in the visitor center theatre at New Echota State Historic Site in Gordon County. Films will be shown from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The festival will offer a variety of films focusing on the Cherokee and other native peoples of the Southeast, including the award winning “Black Indians: An American Story,” narrated by James Earl Jones. This film brings to light a forgotten part of America’s past — the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African-Americans.

Highlighting contemporary Cherokee traditions are “Plants and the Cherokee,” featuring members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians demonstrating traditional uses of wild plants for food and medicine, and “Stories of the Cherokees,” a three-part film shot on location in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma that fuses animation and live-action and focuses on Cherokee oral traditions.

Traditional movie concessions will be available and the historic buildings, nature trail and exhibit area will be open for touring during the festival.

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