1200 miles in the footsteps of the Cherokee
In the summer of 2018 Ian will be following a new important story, a walk of 1200 miles from the ancestral lands of the Cherokee in the Great Smokey Mountains to Oklahoma. Following this river and mountain route Ian will not only learn about the story of the Trail of Tears but plan to meet with members of the vibrant Cherokee culture to learn about the modern day nation. This 3-month northern route of the TOT encompasses The Great Smokey Mountains, The Tennessee River, The Land Between the Lakes, Shawnee National Forest, Mark Twain National Park 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 plans to learn about the visceral components of the historic story and people at the heart of the nation. Ian also has plans to spend some time, post expedition, to understand the modern day colour and depth of Cherokee culture.