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On Friday, March 16 at 6:30pm, The Compleat Naturalist nature store in Asheville’s Historic Biltmore Village welcomes Don Wells, author of the newly-released book Mystery of the Trees. It is the never-before-told story about the curious, oddly-shaped “trail trees” that were used by Indians to guide themselves across the North American continent. The book covers six years of work in documenting a part of the cultural heritage of the Indians that is rapidly disappearing.

The methodology of bending the trees and their meaning are part of what has been lost. Wells said, “Probing the evidence will allow us to recover, explore and preserve this fascinating part of Indian culture.” In less than six years, bent trees have been documented as existing or previously existed in 39 states. Some of these trees clearly marked Indian trails. GPS and digital topographic technology are being used to correlate trees with known Indian trails and village sites.


Ian Moore and the Second-Hand String Band will perform in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in downtown Sylva on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m.

The group will play old-time, traditional Blues and Jazz and calls their performance “almost a kind of variety show.” The band consists of Ian Moore on fiddle, Hal Herzog on guitar, and Adam Bigelow on stand-up bass.

Ian Moore has lived in Jackson County for more than a decade but came originally from New York and is a classically trained violinist.


The Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University is collaborating with EarlyLight Books of Waynesville to publish a bilingual and Cherokee-only version of a book titled “Animal Colors,” which is designed to teach early readers about colors and animals.

The book has already been translated into the Cherokee syllabary, is scheduled to print in February and should be available to the public in July, said Dawn Cusick, owner of EarlyLight, which specializes in science books for children and adults.


Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present “The Film Music of John Williams” in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Williams is one of America’s most prolific composers. He has a long history of association with director Steven Spielberg and has won awards for musical pieces in the movies “Jaws” and “Superman.” The concert will include some of Williams’ best-known musical hits from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Schindler’s List,” “Witches of Eastwick” and “E.T.” Visual slides from the movies will be on display to accompany the music.


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