Cherokee reclaim Cowee Mound

Cherokee reclaim Cowee Mound

There are 3 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 23, 2007, titled Cherokee reclaim Cowee Mound. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Monday officially reclaimed one of the few undisturbed Indians mounds remaining in Western North Carolina.

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Richard Thornton


#1 Apr 29, 2007
Cowee (Kowee) means "mountain lion" in the Muskogean languages of Hitchiti, Taskekee and Koasati. The word has no meaning in Cherokee. We think that the mounds around Franklin were the motherland of both the Kowe'te'(Mountain Lion People) and Koasati's (Children of the Mountainlion People). The Muskogean People developed an advanced agricultural society in Western North Carolina for at least 2000 years before there was a single Cherokee in the North Carolina mountains. The aboriginal people of North Carolina should also be recognized.

Arcata, CA

#2 Jul 10, 2009
That is wrong. Chumash is the word for mountain lion in Cherokee
Sharon L Kitchen

Townsend, GA

#3 Jul 21, 2009
I am just glad they claimed this.
I hopefully will nopt have to hear or see about this mound being plowed up.

The site in Miami,Fl....that contains over 531 graves has stopped for now........but who knows how long that it will be held up.

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