“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.
When Mountain Xpress refused to publish one of his weekly cartoons, Brent Brown published it himself, via the Internet. What’s with that? Publisher Jeff Fobes gives some backstory.
“When I asked him about the Cherokee connection to the outdoors, [Tom Belt] started out by breaking down the constructs in the question,” says Giles Morris, co-publisher for TuckReader.com. “What is the outdoors, anyway? Is it nature? Outside? The Wilderness? ‘There is no Cherokee word for wilderness. We have no concept of that,’ Belt said. ‘What white people call wilderness is our home. We are a part of it and it is a part of us.’ …
A look at what’s been making headlines: Republicans get set to take over Raleigh; Crimes abound in WNC; New bathrooms on the way to Pack Square; Shuler votes “no” on health care repeal and more.
[Editor’s note: The historic gathering of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation and Western North Carolina’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians April 16 to 18 unleashed a cascading array of images, memories and deep emotions. The following text and photos aim to convey something of the essence of the event.] Click here to view slideshow Music by […]