History & Culture

Many factors determine our ability to steward this world.

However, few have greater impact than an understanding of history and culture.

Understanding History

Teaching about Native America

Many have seen Curt Cearley, Executive Director, at Native American events. His Native American relationship comes from one of his Cherokee grandmothers, Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward). It is with respect for our Native American ancestors that Rise teaches about Native America and its relationship to the most powerful birds in the world.

Gravesite of Nanyehi, Longfellow and Five Killer
Typical Cherokee Cherokee dwelling at the time of the Trail of Tears Removal
Cherokee Nation Seal
Seal of the Cherokee Nation

To depict an accurate portrayal of the people as well as their way of life is a high priority. For example, through marketing of such items as teepees many children and adults are led to believe Cherokee people lived in such. This is far from the truth. The Cherokee did not dwell in teepees. They were in fact much like their English neighbors in terms of housing.

Understanding Culture

Rise seeks to create an understanding of American culture. How we got here, what drives our economy, and how our way of life effects the world we live in are all points of interest. Topics such as money, government, consumerism, and waste are often discussed.

To learn more about Curt Cearley, Rise Raptor Project’s Executive Director and his connection to the Cherokee Nation see this episode of OsiyoTV Voices of the Cherokee People in which he is featured. The mission and spirit of the Rise organization is captured in this Heartland Emmy Award winning presentation.

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September 19, 2017