Whitmire’s fourth-graders traveled to the mountains of North Carolina on Sept. 27 to explore the culture of the Cherokee people. Students traveled by chartered bus to the Oconaluftee Indian Village and saw bead work, pottery, arrow head making, mask carving, replica homes, and a blow dart demonstration. In the Council House, students learned about the seven clans and how community decisions were made. After a picnic lunch on the mountain, students visited the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Along with viewing artifacts, students followed the Trail of Tears to learn more about the effects of the Indian Removal Act.