Tickets on Sale for Tanasi 1796 at Clayton Center for the Arts


Tanasi 1796: Exploring our living history with music, art, and drama. In the language of the Cherokee nation, Tanasi means “the gathering of rivers.” Tanasi was a capital of the Cherokee Nation and served as the genesis of the name of our state; Tennessee. Tanasi 1796 is a story of Joseph Black, Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla, and the increasingly oppressive force of King George III, as represented by British Major Patrick Ferguson.
By popular demand, this entertaining and poignant drama returns to the Clayton Center stage for two performances only and features Captain Joseph Black, Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla, and Overmountain militiaman Andrew Evans as they recount the early history of the East Tennessee region including its connection to the French and Indian War, The Trauma at Fort Loudoun, The Battle at Kings Mountain and its impact on the Revolutionary War, and drafting the Tennessee Constitution.
Accompanying the stage performance is live Native American and early American music performed by nationally renown artists, Randy McGinnis and Conny Ottway with stunning visual representations by artists David Wright and Steve Luce.
Fun displays in the lobby.
Authentic 18th Century meal available for purchase beginning on site at 12:30 PM.
For more information visit Tanasi1796


All Proceeds to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center