“They’re just trying to teach us the truth about America and our local history.”
“As we collectively move to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in Asheville, my hope is that actual Indigenous people and the issues they confront are at the forefront of what we do, how we reflect and how we acknowledge the deep responsibility we have to the land we inhabit.”
“Too little has been written about the early Indians who peopled North Carolina,” The Asheville Citizen declared on July 19, 1903. Fortunately for the paper’s readers, a June 1903 booklet — North Carolina Cherokee Indians — offered a detailed account on the very topic.
“I think reparations are a wonderful idea — just as soon as you give us back our land!”
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians talk about Thanksgiving and indigenous food culture.
In conjunction with the exhibit Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art , the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will host a contemporary Native American art symposium on Friday, Nov. 10.
ASHEVILLE, N.C.— In a field on the outskirts of Cherokee stands a nondescript mound about 6 feet high, covered in grass and flanked by woods and mountains. Though it appears to be little more than a rise in the land, it is a sacred site for the native people of the Carolina mountains: Kituwah, the […]
Today, the cooperative includes around 300 members. Applicants go through a jury process and must show documentation of belonging to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Once in, those artists are lifetime members.
“Rooted in the Mountains,” a conference that explores the intersection of Western and native traditions that’s now in its eighth year, will take place at Western Carolina University on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29, and includes a trip to the sacred site of Kituwah, the Cherokee “mother town.”
“The monument is directly on the site of the old courthouse where the slave auctions were held. It is the exact location where blacks were sold into bondage. It has always been apparent to me, and yet I have never heard one person suggest it, that the monument be rededicated to them.”
“You have to take time to look at yourself, look at your spirit and where you come from, and let the spirit guide your interests and love.”
Art plays a crucial role in preserving the culture and heritage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. For many of the artists, however, an inner conflict exists over the meaning of their art to a broader, nonnative audience.
Cherokee is a community in flux. Decadeslong high poverty and unemployment rates are beginning to decline, but access to healthy food remains limited and cultural values seem to be changing. “It’s Western civilization versus our traditional Cherokee ways,” say community leaders. But community efforts are using gardens to reconnect the Cherokee people to local food, health and a collective heritage defined by knowledge of the earth.
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee are working to overcome problems plaguing their community with a literal grassroots solution — a community garden kit program designed to encourage physical activity, increase access to healthy foods and promote family and agricultural traditions.
An interactive website is making it possible to take a virtual hike across the historic Cherokee Indian trails and villages of Western North Carolina.
Dancers and drummers convened at the Acquoni Expo Center last weekend for the 2012 Cherokee Pow Wow. Here’s a look at the celebration:
During an April 5 presentation at UNCA, social worker and founder of the Cherokee Wellness Coalition, Patricia Grant, explained how historical grief and trauma do not dissipate after a generation. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Touting the success of Harrah’s Casino and such improvements as a state-of-the-art school and a rural broadband network undertaken by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian, panelists at Advantage West’s annual Economic Summit — including Vice Chief Larry Blythe, pictured — said that Western North Carolina has the ingredients to thrive. (photos by Max Cooper)
Cherokee and other Native American farmers have until Dec. 27 to claim damages as a result of a class-action suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The settlement allows up to $760 million in monetary relief.
Traditional Cherokee stickball may not be as popular as Monday Night Football, but it gathers a crowd wherever it’s played. See it in person at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, along with molasses-making and black powder rifle demonstrations.
Take an Xpress video getaway tour of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, shot as part of an upcoming getaway regional museum tour.