Volume 51, Number 16

sixteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014

Indian storyteller to be at Cordell Hull Folk Celebration May 19th

Indian storyteller to be at Cordell Hull Folk Celebration May 19thCome out to the Cordell Hull Folk Celebration on May 19th and listen to some very entertaining stories from Native American (Indian) storyteller, Robert “Redhawk” Eldridge.
Robert RedHawk Eldridge is an American Indian and an enrolled member of High Plains Indian, Inc for the Sappony Indians located in Virgilina Va. Robert grew up in Gastonia, NC, where he graduated from Hunter Huss High School in 1976 and went on to Brevard College in Brevard NC, where he earned an Associate Degree in Fine Art. in 1978. After moving to Tennessee in 1979, he spent the next 30 years in the publishing field with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Knoxville News Sentinel adding to his degrees with a Bachelor's in 2001 and a Master's in 2003 from Tusculum College.
Robert has been entertaining audiences at powwows, concerts, and festivals for over 20 years with his brand of Native American stories and humor. Never one to let the truth stand in the way of a good story, he leads his listeners down the trails of Rabbit, Possum, some relatives and others with a special since of timing all his own. As an early 1800's Cherokee reenactor, Robert has even more fun playing the part of a man born in 1785 and living to fight in the war of 1812, become a blacksmith in Spring Place, Ga. and marrying a Scot of Clan Wallace. He also reenacts a 2nd Lieutenant in Thomas' Legion, a Cherokee/Highlander group mustered in the Mountain of North Carolina during the Civil War.
Robert is now the director of the Standing Stone American Indian Cultural Center that will soon be located in Monterey Tennessee where he and Lynne moved in February of 2011. The center will focus on the history of the area between the years of 1540 an 1838, educating the public in the life and ways of not only the First People of the region but across the country.

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