“We’re all Kituwah.”
That was the greeting whenever Western Cherokees (those relocated to Oklahoma) met North Carolina Cherokees. To what were they referring? To discover the answer, go back 5,000 years; yes 5,000. Before Moses.
Kituwah was a Cherokee village on the Tuckasegee River near today’s Bryson City. Because it was the oldest Cherokee village, Kituwah was a “mother town.” Whenever a new village was being started, Cherokees would come to Kituwah’s great council fire for embers to start their own council fire.
Although now only a mound, legend has it that all Cherokee villages came from Kituwah.