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.
The American chestnut tree’s flavorful nuts were once a vital part of the diets of humans and wildlife alike in Western North Carolina. Its importance is remembered in the traditional foods of the Cherokee, and the nearly extinct tree is slowly making a comeback with the help of some dedicated locals.
This weekend offers juggling, arts and crafts, animals and more. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-budget entertainment.