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  • Locations: Athens, GA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: UGA Domestic College/School: CED
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UGA Domestic - CED - Plant Communities of the Cherokee Landscape

This course provides a field study of the ethnoecology of the Cherokee landscape, the region consisting of the eastern Cherokee Homeland, the route westward along the Trail of Tears, and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.  Students in the course will closely examine plants in their native habitat, using historic and contemporary Cherokee literature to understand the roles plants and the landscape played in traditional Cherokee life.  Students will develop an understanding of the Cherokee relationship with the land, the cultural consequences of Indian Removal, and the ways that the contemporary Cherokee people negotiate their traumatic past for healing.    
 

Program Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The first week of class is spent on campus.  Lectures, readings and discussion provide an introduction to Cherokee history, culture, landscape and literature.  The next two weeks are spent in the field, traveling from North Carolina to Oklahoma following the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears.
 

Academic Program

Courses Offered:
LAND 4440/6440 - Plant Communities of the Cherokee Landscape


Program Itinerary


(Wednesday)    May 13th                           UGA Campus, Jackson Street Building
9am - noon       Intro to Cherokee Culture and Sacred Places - Dr. Jace Weaver
Establish meal teams and begin recipe planning – provide menu suggestions based on previous successes
 
(Thursday)        May 14th                           UGA Campus, Jackson Street Building
9am - noon       Intro to Cherokee Ethnoecology – Alfie Vick
                        Meal team menu planning
 
(Friday)            May 15th                       UGA Campus, Jackson Street Building
9am - noon       Showing of the PBS Trail of Tears documentary and discussion
                        Meal team turn in shopping list; Alfie does initial grocery shopping
 
 
BEGIN FIELD TRAVEL
 
(Saturday)        May 16th                              Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
7:30am             Meet on campus to load the vans
Drive to Smokemont Group Campground, GSMNP, NC,
Morning            Arrive at campsite, set up camp
Afternoon         Museum of the Cherokee Indian Heritage Days
Evening            Discussion
                                    
(Sunday)          May 17th                              Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
Morning            Clingman’s Dome
Afternoon         Visit Mingo Falls
Evening            Discussion
 
(Monday)          May 18th                              Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, NC
Morning            Great Smoky Mountains National Park botanizing with David Cozzo
Afternoon         Oconaluftee Village
Visit Kituwha Mound with Tyler Howe, Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Evening            Discussion
 
(Tuesday)         May 19th                              Vogel State Park, GA
Morning            Drive to Nanatahala Outdoor Center for whitewater rafting
Afternoon         Drive to Vogel State Park
 
(Wednesday)   May 20th                              Vogel State Park, GA
Morning            Hiking and Botanizing Sosbee Cove
Afternoon         Exploring Vogel State Park
Evening            Discussion
 
(Thursday)       May 21st                               Vogel State Park, GA
Morning            Hiking and Botanizing Blood Mountain
Afternoon         Exploring Vogel State Park
Evening            Discussion
 
 
(Friday)            May 22nd                      Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN
Morning            Drive to New Echota
Afternoon          Explore New Echota / Red Clay
Arrive at Fall Creek Falls
 
(Saturday)        May 23rd                       Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN
Morning            River Gorge Hike with Ranger
Afternoon         Possible cave exploration
Evening            Discussion
 
(Sunday)          May 24th                              Ferne Clyffe State Park, IL
Morning            Tennessee to Illinois
Afternoon         Brief stop at Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville, KY
                        Brief stop at Mantle Rock?
Arrive at Ferne Clyffe State Park
 
(Monday)         May 25th                              Ferne Clyffe State Park, IL
Morning            Pope County, IL trail of tears segments
Afternoon         Campground Church Cemetery?
Evening            Discussion
 
(Tuesday)        May 26th                       Ferne Clyffe State Park, IL
Morning            Canoeing?
Evening            Discussion
 
(Wednesday)   May 27th                       Roaring River State Park, MO
All Day              Drive to Roaring River State Park
 
(Thursday)       May 28th                          Cherokee Landing State Park, OK
All Day             Cherokee History Tour
            Downtown Tahlequah
            Cherokee Courthouse and Jail Museum
Ross Cemetery Museum
Cherokee Heritage Center
Murrell Home
Evening            Discussion
 
(Friday)            May 29th                       Cherokee Landing State Park, OK
All Day              Glass Mountains State Park, OK
                        Visit with Tommy Wildcat, Cherokee Nation
 
(Saturday)        May 30th                       Cherokee Landing State Park, OK
Morning            Meet Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker
Afternoon          Cherokee Stickball Game
Art studio visits with Bobby Martin, Tony Tiger, Troy Jackson
Visit Spider Art Gallery
Evening            Discussion
 
(Sunday)          May 31tst                      Cherokee Landing State Park, OK to Athens, GA

 

Accommodations 

We stay in state parks, either tent camping or in cabins.  Meals are planned and prepared as a group.      


Program Costs

See "Cost of Attendance" sheet at the top of this brochure for dollar estimates. Basic cost breakdown for Domestic Field Study includes:

  • Program fee for student travel (including accommodations, group excursions, meals, etc.)
  • Tuition and fees for academic courses
  • Personal spending money estimate: 
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses


Eligibility

  • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records, and strong references.
  • Enrollment is limited (Likewise, a minimum enrollment count must be met to confirm program).
  • Pre-requisite courses, if any, will be enforced.


Admission Process

Admissions are rolling, and only applications marked "complete" by that time will receive a decision. Admission decisions will be sent via the studyaway.uga.edu application portal. Students will have a limited time to accept or decline an admission offer before the spot passes to another candidate. Students who accept the offer of admission must pay a non-refundable $150 deposit to confirm their place in the program and register for courses.

Contact Information

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Dr. Alfie Vick, Program Director

Phone: 706-542-0935
Email: ravick@uga.edu

Founders House
Athens, Georgia 30602
 


This program is currently not accepting applications.