On Saturday, June 14, 2014 the Museum of the Cherokee Indian will celebrate traditional Cherokee folk culture in Cherokee, North Carolina. This festival is open to the public free of charge, thanks to the North Carolina Arts Council, sponsor of the event since 1998.
More than twenty-five enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will demonstrate traditional pottery, rivercane basket making, white oak basket making, wood carving, stone carving, beadwork, clothing making, blowgun demonstrations and more. Historical interpretation of 18th century Cherokee traditions will include wampum belt making, shell carving, moccasin making, and more.
Performances include traditional dance by the Warriors of AniKituwha and Raven Rock Dancers. Storytelling, flute music, and gospel music will round out performances 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
Participants are all enrolled members of this federally-recognized tribe, who still live on part of their ancestral homeland in the Great Smoky Mountains. They will include Amanda Swimmer and Jerry Wolfe, both of whom have received the NC Folk Heritage Award.
This year's event will focus on the tradition of singing gospel songs in English and Cherokee, using shaped-note harmonies, a tradition that dates back to the early 1800s and is still carried on by family quartets and community groups. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian Press will be releasing Cherokee Hymnbook; New Edition for Everyone. The Cherokee Hymnbook was the first book published in Cherokee language and the Sequoyah
syllabary, in 1829. The new edition features phonetic Cherokee, new translations, and shaped-note music settings.
For more information, visit: www.cherokeemuseum.org