Long before our modern highways, there was an extensive network of Native American trails up and down the East Coast.
This hour, we hear about efforts to map these old trails and find out how they’re helping archaeologists and others learn about the past.
We begin our conversation in former Cherokee country to find out why a North Carolina man and an archaeologist are mapping hundreds of miles of old Cherokee trails.
Then we head back to Connecticut’s woods where many Native American tribes used trails to link villages — spurring on trade and facilitating war.
Do you enjoy hiking on conventional trails today? Will state trails and parks be impacted if lawmakers continue to struggle to pass a budget by July 1?
We check in with the director of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association to find out.
- Lamar Marshall - Resource Director for Southeast Heritage, North Carolina resident
- Brett Riggs - Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee studies at Western Carolina University, archaeologist
- Lucianne Lavin - Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT, anthropologist and archaeologist
- Kevin McBride - Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
- Eric Hammerling - Executive Director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.