What was it like before Europeans settlers arrived here? Immerse yourself in the world of art, music and ceremony of the Muscogee (Creeks) and Cherokees in Native Lands: Indians and Georgia, an Atlanta History Center exhibition on an extended run.
The exhibition shares the history and stories of the state’s original inhabitants beginning with the Mississippian peoples and continuing with their descendants, the Creeks and the Cherokees. Long before the first European settlers came to what is now called Georgia, the Mississippian Indians developed complex societies on these lands – complete with art, music, ceremony, agriculture, architecture and trade industries.
The Creeks and Cherokees left landmarks and cultural legacies prior to their Western relocation – the Creeks via land cession in controversial treaties signed with the federal government, and the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears, both in the early decades of the 19th century. Native Lands explores recent history of these native Americans and their continuing connections to Georgia through the voices of contemporary Creeks and Cherokees.