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October 31, 2012

‘Emissaries of Peace’ Depicts Cherokee Struggle to Preserve Culture

Colonial Williamsburg presents the electronic field trip, ‘Emissaries of Peace,’ the story of the Cherokee people’s struggle to preserve their independence during the French and Indian War. The program broadcasts Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating public television stations and cable channels across the country.

Produced in partnership with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, ‘Emissaries of Peace’ was filmed on location in Williamsburg and in Cherokee, N.C., with the assistance of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation. The program’s content and related Web activities draw from the major exhibit ‘Emissaries of Peace’ produced by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The story depicts the Cherokees’ diplomatic efforts to preserve their culture in the mid-18th century despite expanding colonial settlement.

Central characters are Henry Timberlake, a British lieutenant whose memoirs provide one of the most complete records of 18th-century Cherokee life, and the Cherokee leader Ostenaco. In 1762, Timberlake carried a message of peace into Cherokee territory prompting Ostenaco to travel to Williamsburg. There, Ostenaco persuaded the governor of Virginia that the Cherokee delegation should meet with King George III in London.

When the program premiered in 2007, Ken Blankenship, executive director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, said, ‘Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip, ‘Emissaries of Peace’ presents the most accurate depiction of Cherokee material culture and language of any production to date.’

Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips are meticulously researched, non-partisan programs that tell the stories of our country’s founding and span a broad range of historical subjects from colonial times to the present. These distance learning programs, written and produced by Colonial Williamsburg, are created especially for grades 4–8.

Each electronic field trip is supported with multi-disciplinary lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for students. These Web-based resources have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and address national standards for civics education and 21st-century skills as well as state standards for social studies, technology and language arts. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions, e-mail or phone in questions to costumed interpreters and historians during the live televised broadcast. Registered users also may view electronic field trips and use teacher and student resources via the Internet on demand any time during the school year. Participating schools also have continuing access to technical support and teacher tutorials.

For more information about electronic field trips, visit call 1-800-761-8331, or email Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280