Atlanta Braves announce Cherokee event at Truist Park
Part of ongoing partnership with Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians during "Braves" controversy
ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – The Atlanta Braves will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a new event highlighting Cherokee history and culture at Truist Park.
Cherokee traditions at Truist Park will happen on Saturday, November 27 from 11:30 AM to 4 PM.
It will feature Cherokee dance, artisans, living history demonstrations, storytelling and a stickball exhibition.
The event is free and family-friendly.
The baseball club has engaged with the tribe based in North Carolina and Tennessee as an antidote to the pressure they have faced to change the “Braves” name that some consider racially insensitive.
The club says their relationship with the Eastern Band actually goes back several decade.
But this summer, they held their first Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians night at the ballpark, that included the Principal Chief throwing out the first pitch.
“We are honored to welcome the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, for the first Cherokee Traditions at Truist Park. This event will serve as another step in our ongoing efforts to educate ourselves and our fans on the culture and traditions of our Native American neighbors,” said Atlanta Braves President and CEO Derek Schiller. “This Native American Heritage Month – and every month – we are thankful to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and our Native American Working Group for their valued partnership and collaboration.”
The Braves say the highlight of the even will be both men’s and youth stickball games played on the Truist Park field for the first time.
Cherokee stickball was more than a sport for the tribe.
It would serve a diplomatic function by settling differences with other tribes before they led to war.
Stickball is played on a field with two goal posts set on either end. Two opposing teams line up against each other in a game, and whichever team scores 12 points first wins. There are no time-outs allowed. With no protective padding to wear, stickball can be an especially intense game for players of all ages.