1200 miles in the footsteps of the Cherokee

In the Spring of 2019 Ian and adventurer Jamie Barnes will be following a new important story, a walk and canoe of 1200 miles from the ancestral lands of the Cherokee in the Great Smokey Mountains to Oklahoma. Following this river and mountain route Ian and Jamie will not only follow the original Trail of Tears northern and waterborne route but plan to meet with members of the vibrant Cherokee culture to learn about the modern day nation. This 2 month journey encompasses The Great Smokey Mountains, The Tennessee River, The Land Between the Lakes and the Ozark National Forest. 

One of the pivotal aspects of the expedition will be to walk smaller sections with an older member of the Cherokee Nation, also to walk larger sections with a younger member of CN to explore the landscape of their heritage. By walking and meeting with members of CN Ian and Jamie plan to learn about the people at the heart of the nation. They also have plans to spend some time, during expedition, to understand the modern day colour and depth of Cherokee traditions and culture.