Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The Cherokee Nation: The Story Of New Echota

In the early 1800s, the Cherokee Indians located the capital of their nation in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains. This video traces the history of this community through 1838, when the Indians were driven out of Cherokee territory.

Runtime: 17:05

Kolomoki Unearthed

Kolomoki Mounds is the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the southeastern United States. This 2009 video featuring archeologist Thomas Pluckhahn explains the history of the site providing an overview of how the mounds were used by the Kolomoki people and what their daily lives would have been like He describes the features that are no longer visible, and provides a detailed look at his discoveries of the village areas.

Runtime: 14:28

The Southeastern Indians

For thousands of years, a series of vast and complex civilizations arose and then vanished in the woodlands of the southeastern United States. This program tells the story of the rise and fall of these ancient cultures.

Runtime: 15:02

Walking in Two Worlds: The Vann Family and The Cherokee Nation

James Vann, builder of the "showplace of the Cherokee Nation," and his son Joseph were two of the wealthiest and most influential men in the Cherokee Nation. But all their power and money couldn't protect them from the pressures of European colonization. Through the lives of these two men, this program explores a tumultuous time in our country's history.

Runtime: 15:23

Walk in the Wisdom of the Past for Widsom of the Future

This video explores the history of Native Americans of Georgia and how they keep their culture alive today through their daily lives. Tribal customs are experienced through a visit to the Footsteps of the Past Indian Festival in Athens, Georgia and include languages, arts and crafts, skills, music and dancing. Interviews and demonstrations stress the importance of respect for the Earth, the circle of life, and all plants and animals.

Runtime: 31.50