Sunsets in the Great Smoky Mountains rarely disappoint. It looks like I experienced this moment in solitude, but there were people picnicking and sitting in camping chairs all around me. As soon as the reds and oranges faded from the sky, they got in their cars and sped away and then, suddenly, I was alone. This photo was made near the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) in western North Carolina. The Cherokee’s ancestral homelands once covered much of present-day North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Today, the EBCI is reclaiming culturally and historically important lands lost during colonization.