Robert Rambo: Chief Attakullakulla
Peace Chief of the Cherokee
7:00 PM

Attakullakulla, Peace Chief of the Cherokee Nation from about 1754 until his death (ca.17801783), was called the "most important Indian of his day." Raised with the name White Owl, a title reserved for peace chiefs, the future Attakullakulla was trained to become a leader among the Cherokee people. But he was not born Cherokee; he was captured as a baby from the Misquakie Nippissings in Canada, adopted, then raised Cherokee. In 1730, when only about fifteen, he boldly volunteered to travel to England to negotiate with the British. Attakullakulla met King George II, viewed fashionable spas, the crown jewels, Shakespearean dramas, and the British military. Back home, he told his people that the English were too powerful to be ignored, and sought to unify the Cherokees Nation to ensure their survival. He strengthened ties with the British, got them to build Fort Loudoun to protect the Overhill Cherokees from the French, saved the life of Captain John "Bushyhead" Stuart when relations collapsed into war and the fort fell, restored the peace without losing any territory, and strengthened relations even more. He had developed into a skilled and sophisticated diplomat whose ability to "build" alliances and treaties caused the English to dub him the "Little Carpenter". He attempted, unsuccessfully, to bring permanent Christian missionaries and literacy to his people.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 7 PM. Hosted by The Historic Burke Foundation

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