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Noquisiyi (later interpreted as Nikwasi) means star place and was a Cherokee town situated in present-day Franklin, North Carolina

Though its exact age remains unknown, Noquisiyi appears on maps as early as 1544, and British colonial records first mention it by name in 1718.


At the heart of Noquisyi on the banks of the Little Tennessee River, the town's meeting hall once towered over the landscape, built atop the mound which was formed by Cherokee women carrying baskets of soil to that location. Today, Noquisiyi Mound, the settlement's only surviving landmark, rises as the gateway to Franklin.

Cherokee Cultural Corridor

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Noquisiyi Cultural District Plan

Noquisi Initiative has spent the last several months working with Equinox to develop the Noquisiyi Cultural District. Together we have held Community forums, conducted surveys, and talked with key stakeholders to come up with a comprehensive plan. Click here to view the full report. 

Our Mission:

Noquisi Initiative preserves, protects, and promotes culture and heritage in the original homelands of the Cherokee people.

Our Vision:

Intercultural understanding is universal!

Noquisi Initiative Annual Report

Each year, the Noquisi Initiative compiles a report of all the accomplishments from that year. The Noquisi Initiative Annual Report contains an overall impact summary, overview of projects and progress made on long-term initiatives, photos from some of our favorite moments throughout the year, and a financial summary.

We're continuing to pursue our work toward bridging communities and cultures in 2023. Keep in touch for our 2023 Annual Report coming soon in the new year!

View the full report here!

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