Cherokee Tribal Identity

Anita Flanagan

FLORENCE – The Florence Arts and Museums Speaker Series is a monthly program meant to inspire conversations about the history and culture of north Alabama, with a focus on how the past shapes the present.  This month Anita Flanagan will deliver her presentation, The impact of Trail of Tears on Tribal Identity for the Cherokee, at 2pm on Sunday, November 28, at the Florence Indian Mound Museum.  

 Born Anita Kay Smith, on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian in North Carolina commonly known as Cherokee NC, Anita’s family moved to Alabama when she was in elementary school. She spent her summers back in Cherokee with her grandmother learning her heritage and culture. As an adult, Anita attended UNA and then opened a home-based business where she does sewing, alterations, and creates Native American cultural clothing and dance regalia. For 16 years she was a participating artist with the Oka Kapassa Indian Festival, 6 of which she served as a Board Member and Co-Chair. Anita is currently a Board Member and Secretary for the Alabama Chapter of the Trail Of Tears Association. 

This program is sponsored by the City of Florence Department of Arts and Museums and the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center Volunteers.  The Florence Indian Mound Museum is located at 1028 S. Court St. Florence, AL and is open, Tuesday - Saturday from 10am–4pm and Sundays from 1pm– 4pm.  Call 256-760-6427 for more information.