Organisers of village’s Homecoming Festival promote event
By Alistair Beaton
A feathered chieftain’s head-dress bobbing colourfully above the heads of shopping crowds in the busy Bon Accord Centre drew attention to a festival stall, and the story of Ludovic Grant of the Cherokee.
Among August 28-30 events will be a Famous Fyvie Folk exhibition in the village school.
Among those featured will be Grant, who was born at nearby Mill of Crichie around 1688. He was transported to the American colonies after supporting the Jacobite cause during the 1715 Uprising.
“It is an intriguing story, and more details have been passed on by descendants who hopefully may attend the festival,” said organising committee chairwoman Anne Iravani, of Tifty Farmhouse. After being exiled, Grant began trading with the Cherokee in the 1720s.
He lived among the tribe for more than 25 years, marrying a chieftain’s daughter.
Grant was trusted by the tribe and helped set up trading posts and led expeditions into the unexplored mountain areas.
I guess the festival could be full of genuine Cherokee lore from the 1720s. But I bet most of its Indian lore will consist of Plains Indians stereotypes from the late 19th century.
For more on the subject, see The Basic Indian Stereotypes.
Below: "Big Impression: Anne Iravani, left, and Alison Wicks promote the Fyvie Homecoming Festival." (Colin Rennie)