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Diamond Go-Sti shares the culture of the Cherokee Nation. (click for larger version)
Barney Jones demonstrates basket weaving. (click for larger version)
Wind Chapman demonstrates blacksmithing. (click for larger version)
November 28, 2012ROSWELL, Ga. Crabapple Middle School conducted its annual Georgia Heritage Day Nov. 9. Heritage Day is an eighth-grade program designed around the state social studies curriculum on Georgia history.
"It's a day for hands-on learning, and [the students] love it," event organizer Pam Morris said.
Each year, the school hosts about 20 presenters to show a variety of talents that make up the culture of Georgia. Presenters include blacksmiths, basket weavers, quilters, cotton spinners, dancers, bee keepers, Civil War and Cherokee Nation historians and re-enactors, musicians, potters, candle makers and many more.
The students also enjoy dressing up in period clothing and posing for old-fashioned portraits.
Diamond Go-Sti (Diamond Brown Jr.), Cherokee educator and native culturist, taught the kids about the Cherokee Nation's culture, history, music, hunting and much more. Barney Jones demonstrated basket weaving from hand-cut white oak, harvested in southern Georgia. Blacksmith Wind Chapman demonstrated iron forging using an anvil, hammer, tongs and fire pit.