Welcome to Mantle Rock Native Education & Cultural Center!
Since 2002, Mantle Rock Native Education & Cultural Center has brought together people of all nations. Located in Marion, Kentucky, just miles from the natural arch formation where the Cherokee spent the winter of 1838-1839 during the infamous Trail of Tears. At the Center, there is a Master Herbalist and quite a few wild crafters. We give classes each month on salves, tinctures, recipes, teas, canning, and more.
Mantle Rock NECC celebrates the lives of the people who traveled the Trail of Tears by teaching the old ways of living, such as soap making, making herbal teas and tinctures for our families, salves, how to purify water, canning and more. Our leader, Stella Brown, a Cherokee elder, guides us as we restore many of these lost arts.
In October 2012, we hosted the first annual Herbal Festival in Marion, Kentucky. We had visits from other Master Gardeners, along with folks who just wanted to learn the herbs that we taught. Organic gardeners from Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana met and discussed their gardens from the summer past.
Many of the native ways have been forgotten but we are working to bring them back to life. With our inter-tribal teachings, everyone is welcome to join in – whether or not a person is native.
If you wish, you can become a member of our community, where we share in the lessons and the fun. Each month we bring our knowledge to the Center to share with others.