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Eddie Swimmer

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Eddie Swimmer

Dancer, Storyteller, Public Speaker

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Eddie Swimmer is an accomplished dancer, storyteller, and public speaker. His programs include dance, storytelling, plant lore, and explorations of stereotypes. He performs a number of Native American dances including the Apache Spirit Dance, Iroquois dance, Cherokee traditional dances, and Northwest coastal dances. Raised in the Big Cove Community on the Qualla Boundary, Eddie Swimmer first learned dancing from his family. By watching traditional dancers, he learned Cherokee dance steps.

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Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association

Wildcrafters and Heritage Agriculturists

Robbinsville, NC (Graham County)

The Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association (SMNPA) is a group of farmers, wildcrafters, naturalists, and enthusiasts who organized themselves in 2000, with the aims of preserving the region's native flora, educating area residents about the plants and their traditional uses, and helping residents support themselves in the gathering, farming, and use of native plants. The gathering and sale of ramps, native mosses, and other species that one can legally pick, can still be fairly lucrative sideline work for those who are knowledgeable about the plants.

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