COME ON ALONG...
TO THE CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE
February 20,2016 @ 6:00 p.m.

      WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR                EARLY TENNESSEE ANCESTORS   

FEBRUARY 20, 2016
6:00 P.M.
 100% of All Proceeeds to Support     the Mission of the
Great Smoky  Mountain Heritage Center
 

 
                      EXPLORE OUR  HERITAGE WITH MUSIC, ART AND DRAMA
 
                               CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
 
                                                     FEBRUARY 20, 2016
 
                  Historic Displays and Period Reenactors in the Foyer        6:00 P. M.
                                                          World Premier Presentation        7:00 P.M




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                            MUSIC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
 
                RANDY MCGINNIS
      ACCLAIMED CHEROKEE FLUTIST
 
 
  FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN HERITAGE CENTER
 
       TICKETS;    Limited  Reserve         $25
                         General Admission     $10

 
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     Walk in the Footsteps of Our  History

  ART OF DAVID WRIGHT AND OTHERS

See Reviews Below

     DEATH OF FERGUSON

     DRAMA


FEBRUARY 20, 2016
6:00 P.M.
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                 IMAGINE
 
 
 
The French and Indian War
 
 
The Trauma at Fort Loudoun
 
 
Settlements by the Early Pioneers
 
 
The Long Hunters
 
 
The Drama of the  Revolutionary War
 
 
The Battle at Kings Mountain
 
 
Meet Attakullakulla
 
 
Captain Joseph Black
 
 
Militiaman Andrew Evans
 
 
The History and Formation of Tennessee
 
 
Appreciate Native American Music
 
 
Enjoy  Early American Music
 
 
Drafting the Tennessee Constitution
 
 
Early Leaders - Sevier - Shelby -  Robertson
 
 
 
And Much More
 
 
 
 
 
 
                    FEBRUARY 2O, 2016
                               6:00 p. m.
          CLAYTON  CENTER FOR THE ARTS
                MARYVILLE,TENNESSEE
 
 
 
                      COME ON ALONG!
 

                       

TANASI 1796

      COME ON ALONG.... YOU WILL BE GLAD THAT YOU DID!

COME ON ALONG...
TO THE CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE
February 20,2016 @ 6:00 p.m.

TANASI 1796

      WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR                EARLY TENNESSEE ANCESTORS   

FEBRUARY 20, 2016
6:00 P.M.
 100% of All Proceeeds to Support     the Mission of the
Great Smoky  Mountain Heritage Center
 

                            MUSIC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
 
                RANDY MCGINNIS
      ACCLAIMED CHEROKEE FLUTIST
 
 
 
                      EXPLORE OUR  HERITAGE WITH MUSIC, ART AND DRAMA
 
                               CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
 
                                                     FEBRUARY 20, 2016
 
                  Historic Displays and Period Reenactors in the Foyer        6:00 P. M.
                                                          World Premier Presentation        7:00 P.M.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
  FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN HERITAGE CENTER
 
       TICKETS;    Limited  Reserve         $25
                         General Admission     $10

 
       Purchase Your Ticket Today!   www.claytonartscenter.com/event/tanasi-1796            
                           Phone:                                     (865)  981 8590 
 

     Walk in the Footsteps of Our  History

  ART OF DAVID WRIGHT AND OTHERS

     DEATH OF FERGUSON

     DRAMA

                 IMAGINE
 
 
 
The French and Indian War
 
 
The Trauma at Fort Loudoun
 
 
Settlements by the Early Pioneers
 
 
The Long Hunters
 
 
The Drama of the  Revolutionary War
 
 
The Battle at Kings Mountain
 
 
Meet Attakullakulla
 
 
Captain Joseph Black
 
 
Militiaman Andrew Evans
 
 
The History and Formation of Tennessee
 
 
Appreciate Native American Music
 
 
Enjoy  Early American Music
 
 
Drafting the Tennessee Constitution
 
 
Early Leaders - Sevier - Shelby -  Robertson
 
 
 
And Much More
 
 
 
 
 


FEBRUARY 20, 2016
6:00 P.M.
        100% of All Proceeeds to Support                    the Mission of the

 
                    FEBRUARY 2O, 2016
                               6:00 p. m.
          CLAYTON  CENTER FOR THE ARTS
                MARYVILLE,TENNESSEE
 
 
 
                      COME ON ALONG!
 

                       

      COME ON ALONG.... YOU WILL BE GLAD THAT YOU DID!

FEBRUARY 20, 2016
6:00 P.M.
100% of All Proceeds to Support the Mission of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
 

     
 TANASI . . .         THE GATHERING OF RIVERS . . .         TENNESSEE
               
    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 and Cherokee Chief Attakullakulla.  Captain Black 
was one of many early pioneers who sought life and freedom west of the appalachian mountains. 
He first settled in "Wolf Hills"  in South West Virginia around 1773, on 300 acres acquired from a Doctor Thomas Walker.  He built Black's Fort which was located on the Great Road and a center for early trade.  The name of Black's Fort was changed to Abingdon when Captain Black and others gave land for the subsequent town government.  Captain Black was one of over 400 Overmountain Men from Virginia who promptly volunteered in September 1780, to cross the Mountains and answer  British Major Patrick Ferguson who had threatened to hang the Overmountain Leaders and "lay waste to their property with fire and sword,"  if they participated with the Patriots in the Revolutionary War.  The Battle of Kings Mountain was a major turning point in the success of the American revolution,
     Captain Black moved with others to Tennessee around 1786, where he was active in the local government.  He served as a delegate from Blount County to the first Constitutional Convention for the State of Tennessee in 1796.   
     Attakullakulla, also known as the "little Carpenter", was one of the many great chiefs of the Cherokee. Chief Attakullakulla was a peacemaker who had excellent oratory skills and served his Nation well.  But despite his efforts, and because of the thirst for land by the pioneers, there was war.  
     This is a story of Captain Black and Attakullakulla from the time period 1756 with the construction of Fort Loudoun during the French and Indian War through the adoption of the Constitution for the prospective entry of Tennessee as the 16th State of the United States. The Story will be augmented by period music from the Cherokee flutist, Randy McGinnis, by early fiddle and dulcimer renditions from the Scot Irish heritage of Blount County, live history and performance of Robert Rambo as Attakullakulla, Steve Ricker as Ensign Evans, Joseph Casterline as Captain Black,  Mark Halback as Reverend Doaks, and featuring the exquisite period art of acclaimed artists David Wright,, Steve Luce, Lloyd Branson and others
     100% of the proceeds received from Sponsors, Donors, and Attendees will be for the Benefit of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in support of its mission to preserve the Heritage  of our region.
     Come on along as we visit that history with the aid of multiple talents of artists, musicians, historians, actors and recreators in period dress and speech.  You will be glad that you did!
    
 

     CAPTAIN JOSEPH BLACK

   ATTAKULLAKULLA

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 Major Ferguson was charged  by General  Cornwallis with protection of his left flank as he  proceded North toward Charolette North  Carolina.  The Overmountain settlers initially had  had  little involvement in the Revolution.  Nonetheless,  Major Ferguson sent a dire warning  to the  Overmountain Militia---"Stay out of this  war  or  I  will come over the mountains, hang  your  leaders and lay waste to your  lands with  fire and  sword." 

              FEBRUARY 20, 2016
                        6:00 P.M.

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    The threat did not sit well with the Settlers.   Within a few days, a total of 900 Overmountain men from Virginia, North Carolina, and present day Tennessee were assembled at Sycamore Shoals, prepared to march over the mountains and  terminate the  arrogant Ferguson 
Walk In the Footsteps of Our
TENNESSEE HISTORY
The Beauty of our Mountains and Streams
The Exquisite Art of David Wright
Come on Along....
   To  the Clayton Center for the Arts.  Experience with imagination the History of Tennessee and those who helped make it.
 
            February 20,2016
       The first Congregation of the Sinking Springs Presbyterian  Church, one  of  the earliest west of the Appalachian Mountains
                                                      Circa 1774
         The Melodic sound of the                 Cherokee Flute   through                 the skill of Randy McGinnis
                                                        COME ON ALONG
 
                   SUPPORT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN HERITAGE CENTER  
               
                    AND WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR  EARLY ANCESTORS
 
                                                     
                                         (YOU WILL BE GLAD THAT YOU DID!)

 
 If Tanasi Means The Gathering of Rivers, Then TANASI 1796 Must                                Mean the "Gathering of History"
 
                Thanks to the Many Participants with Displays in the Foyer   
                                                
  Overmountain Victory Trail Association
  Tennesseans for Living History
  Museum of East Tennessee History
  Mary Blount Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
  Stephen Holston Chapter, Sons of the American revolution
  Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society'
  New Jersey Light Infantry Fife and Drum Company
  Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
  Sequoyah Birthplace Museum                                                                                     Fort Loudon
  Governor John Sevier Historical Society
  Greenback Historical Society
    
   
 
 
                     Thanks to the Many Muscians Participating
 
  Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club (KADC)   Jane Cohen
  Conny  Ottway,  Fiddle
  The Ladds,   Maryville College    Alan Elazer, Director
  Randy McGinnis, Cherokee Flute
 
  and more on the way....
 
  Thanks to the Artists and Museums for use of their  paintings AND MUSIC** 
 
   David Wright                       Tennessee State Museum
  Katie Gamble                       East Tennessee Museum of History
  Steve Luce
   
  Thanks to the Sponsors for their Contributions to the Heritage Center
 
                                Citizens Bank of Blount County
                                Furrow Auction and Realty Companies
                                Kizer & Black, Attorneys  LLC
                                Barbara Everett, Realtor
                                Joy Bishop
                                Neighborhood Nerds
                                Al and  Jeannie Redwine
 
 
                                     (more to come)
 
 Special Thanks to Those Who Have Contributed Time and Skill
 
  Attakullakulla.                                                    Robert Rambo
  Captain Joseph Black                                           Joseph Casterline
  Militiaman Andrew Evans :                                 Steve Ricker
  Reverend  Doak                                                  Mark Halback 
  Producer                                                             Michael Kull
  Logistics and Foyer Coordination                       Lynn Fox
  Marketing                                                           Andy Simon
  Technical and Computer Assistance                   Neighborhood Nerds                 Legal                                                                   Robert Pitts
  Consultant                                                          Michael Rogers
  Editing                                                                 Dr. Louise Crawford Berry
  Cherokee Historians                                           Mark and Sherry Finchum
  Historical Advisor                                              Robert Rambo
  Screen Writer                                                    Michael Kull
 
   
Thanks to the Clayton Center For the Arts and For The Incredible Support of 
   Blake Smith
   David Rasnake
   Cherj Compton
   Rachel
 
 
       A very special appreciation to Ron and Lynda Nutt,  to the Clayton Foundation, Maryville  College, the Cities of Maryville and Alcoa, and others in the Public-Private Partnership, for their contributions which made construction of the Auditorium and the Center a reality, and without whom the development and presentation of the arts would not be possible.        Because of their foresight and generosity, the culture and quality of life in our community is substantialy enhanced. 
 
        **The contributions to this work by those who have posted visuals on the internet are also appreciated and acknowledged in the credits with the source of the postings often unknown , but  any use is to be "fair" and solely for educational and Charitable purpose. Should any contributor object to its use for this purpose then the posting will be removed.         
   
                                                    
                           
 

      Penny Piper
 
 
 
 
 
         

                                                           Comments and Reviews                                                                   

Penny Piper     What a delightful evening our group of friends  enjoyed at the Clayton Center.  I was so impressed with  the quality of  the research and with  the  Actors and video  that brought the story to life.

Ann Hitch   We throughly  enjoyed the Docudrama.  I felt transported back in time to your people  and all of those who made my parents and my life so blessed with freedom and peace.   All the Actors and Musicians did a wonderful job in their roles. The Stories were told with such emotion and I will treasure them and tell them to my children.

Mike Perrin   The performance was wonderful.  It made clear how "unclear" the emotions of the time were for all involved.  It made it possible to see there were several justifiable interests on what to do with Tanasi.

Dwain  Pesterfield     What an outstanding evening.  It was especially significant to me since I am  also a descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier through my mother.  Robert Everett, whose gravestone was pictured, came from England to Charleston then to Richmond to enlist in the Army.  He was in Captain Wallace's company of infantry of Colonel Hawes' Va Regiment.

Jodie Johnson     What an outstanding n ight.   TANASI 1796 was beautifully done.  From the music  and the authentic costumes and sets and the lighting and the beautiful photography of our home land to the words of the actors, all were inspirational.  The words of [Captain Black]  to his fatherless neice about freedom brought me to tears and have since been on my mind.
    Robert Rambo was outstanding as Chief Attakullakulla.  I believe that our world needs more of him and his wisdom today.

  Conny Ottway    I appreciated the opportunity to play my violin for such a big event that was very moving. Several people told me different things that they  felt during the whole program, so I know it wasn't just me that was moved.

  Mary Bohlen Secretary  OVTA.  Nothing but rave reviews have I heard about this event.  Thank you for planning it and for asking the OVTA to participate.

  Sandra Davis     What a wonderful evening at the Clayton Center for the Arts.  The Docdrama TANASI 1796 was outstanding.

  Marty Callaway      I enjoyed and learned from Tanasi 1796.  It is a real work of art--the script, the photography, the actors, and scenery.

  Carlos Yunsan      From the moment we walked into the foyer, we were impressed with the displays and reenactors.  There was a buzz in the air. The music and stage were beautiful, as were the performances.

Reverend Ron Mathews      It was a marvelous event.

  Albert Hill       TANASI should be an annual event to allow as many people as possible to experience this wonderful production.  Bravo!

 Betsy Martin     Performed again?  Oh yes, please. I was unable to attend in February and would so much enjoy a future opportunity.

Don Myers     You and the people around you did a phenomenal job of creating and executing Tanasi.  I could see it becoming a pageant like Unto These Hills or the plays that were put on in Townsend.  It's a unique slice of history wedded to this place in a different time. 

Sheron White McGill     It was an outstanding presentation.  I had no idea before it started how it was going to be done and it was done in a very unique way, David.  The whole evening was awesome and Allen and I are so glad we were able to attend.  Those of you who weren't able to go really missed something tremendous.  Johnny Johnson said afterwards that this should be presented in Nashville, Memphis and other places.

William R. Birkholtz     Sheila and I would love to see it again and we will bring a crowd.

  Dee Ann and Bryan Otsby      We've been meaning to write and ask if it would be possible to do such a production again, or at least film it for showing on local PBS channel every year.
We were very appreciative of everyone's experience, effort and expertise.     


Donna Gregory        I definitely think the play should be performed again! This was an outstanding program with incredible performances by all the cast. I would pay to see it again,

And, there are many more responses requesting that the production be performed again.

The Following message was sent to members of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and som e of the responses above resulted from that email but ma ny were initiated prior to mailing of this letter:

Dear Supporters:
 
Thank you for your continuing support of the GSMHC! A special thanks to those of you who attended the presentation of TANASI 1796 on February 20 at the Clayton Center, whose cooperation and technical skills made for a dramatic presentation. The program could not have been successful without the skill, experience, and direction by Michael Kull.
 
All proceeds from sponsors, ticket sales, and on site contributions were for the benefit of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.
 
The show was highlighted by the representation of the Cherokee Nation's 18th-century leader Attakullakulla, portrayed by Captain Robert K. Rambo (USA, Ret.) of Cullowhee, North Carolina. He has performed the role of Attakullakulla professionally many hundreds of times since 1993. He is a leading academic scholar in the field of Cherokee history, and has a BA degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute, and a Master's Degree in US History with a concentration in Cherokee Studies from Western Carolina University. He has appeared in numerous documentaries, films, plays, and paintings as Attakullakulla. He was the sole researcher, writer, and performer of his character and dramatic presentation, using his own research and scholarship of Cherokee history and culture. He also provided his own regalia and all of the impressive display of Cherokee artifacts, reproductions, weapons, and hides, which he uses in his professional 1-hour dramatic and educational presentations around the United States. To say that his performance was exceptional is an understatement.
 
Joe Castorline impressively filled the role of Captain Joseph Black. He is a frequent performer of Shakespeare on the Knoxville Market Square Mall. His period dress and dramatic presentation accurately fueled the imagined life of Captain Black, one of the drafters and signers of the Tennessee Constitution.
 
Steve Ricker mesmerized the audience with his rendition of Militiaman Andrew Evans, who served with Captain Black at the battle of Kings Mountain. Steve is an Officer in the Over Mountain Victory Trail Association. He has on multiple occasions accurately delivered his rendition of the march to and battle of Kings Mountain and the story of "sweet lips" role in the death of Major Patrick Ferguson . He specializes in the creation of authentic period implements: powder horns, leather goods, knives, and dress. He provided an original Ferguson Rifle for display in the lobby.
 
Mark Halback is the former director of the Davy Crockett Museum and impressively delivered his version of the documented sermon and prayer of Reverend Samuel Doak inspiring the Overmountain men on the night before leaving the Sycamore Shoals rendezvous point.
 
The presentation was beautifully and effectively complimented by the musical skills of Conny Ottway on the fiddle and Randy McGinnis on the Cherokee flute.
 
The backdrop was accurately represented by the impressive period art of David Wright, Steve Luce, Lloyd Branson, and Clifford Henry as well as murals and artwork provided courtesy of the Fort Loudoun Association and other as yet unidentified depictions from the internet.
 
The program was professionally introduced by the choral talents of the Maryville College Lads directed by Alan Eleazer. It was concluded by the Lads moving rendition of "Amazing Grace" as the photos of the grave markers of the Blount County Revolutionary War soldiers scrolled across the screen.
 
Lynn Fox did an outstanding job contacting and coordinating the various displays in the lobby prior to the program. Background music was graciously provided by the Knoxville Dulcimer Club and their six nice ladies playing period pieces in a "dulcimer concert."
 
The lobby was "furnished" with a typical period overmountain campsite set up by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association. Other impressive displays and membership opportunities were provided by the Tennesseans for Living History, the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Mary Blount Chapter of the DAR, the Stephen Holston Chapter of the SAR, the Blount County Historical and Genealogical Society, the Fort Loudon Association, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Greenback Museum, the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, and the Governor John Sevier Historical Society.
 
Should the program be performed again?
 
Sincerely
 
David Black