Cherokee Tales


Sequoyah teaches students about Cherokee culture and history, including his famous syllabary. With the help of puppets and audience volunteers, the puppeteer/storyteller recounts Cherokee myths about the creation of Cherokee land and how the brave Spider brought fire to the animals. Then the students learn about the Trail of Tears and more. Optional section about the seven clans. This new version was written by playwright Kara Morrison, an enrolled member of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe and a descendant of the Cherokee Nation. Grades preK-5.

SS2H2 The student will describe the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past in terms of tools, clothing, homes, ways of making a living, and accomplishments.

ELAGSE2RL2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

 30-45 minutes, Maximum audience: 75 for preschool, 150 for elementary. Hand and Rod puppets. Space needed: 8′ deep by at least that width. Set-up: 30 minutes.

We have produced a 15-minute FILM VERSION! The video is appropriate for grades preK4-2nd.

The story of how Water Spider brought the fire, from Cherokee Tales. Parsons Elementary School, 2021