Sporting News magazine recently visited Cherokee for a profile piece on the Braves’ football program and their culture:
CHEROKEE, N.C. — There is no word for goodbye in Cherokee, I’m told. Only words for “Until I see you again.” Voices echo in the mountains so they may return.
It’s Friday and it’s fall and you hear them.
One of the season’s first frosts looms over Cherokee Central’s football field, a dazzling new facility surrounded by one of eastern America’s oldest skylines. Smoky and Blue Ridge peaks dwarf the bleachers. But there’s more than mountain fog and adolescent breath frozen on the air. The still-breaking voices of Braves begin the homecoming game with a chant as old as Cherokee sport.
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