National Museum of the American Indian/ 2018 Cherokee Days


Celebrate the fifth annual Cherokee Days Festival with representatives from all three federally recognized Cherokee tribes (Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians). This event showcases the shared history and cultural lifeways of the three Cherokee tribes featuring an exhibition, storytelling, traditional flute music, weaponry, woodcarving, beadwork, traditional games, basket weaving, pottery demonstrations and dance performances.

Come out and celebrate Cherokee Days, Stop by our booth for demonstrations, artwork, and to say hello! 


Posted on April 7, 2018 .

WCU / Cherokee Cultural Tour

Cherokee Cultural Tour on Feb. 27 to explore various aspects of tribal life




Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to learn about various aspects of life for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, including tribal sovereignty, world view and creative expression, as the Cherokee Cultural Tour is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Posted on February 27, 2018 .

OUR STATE MAGAZINE Native North Carolina

Featured in the Nov. 2017 issue of Our State Magazine. Follow link to full photo essay. Thank you to Our State Magazine and everyone involved.

Photo Essay: Native North Carolina

Our eight state-recognized tribes each have their own stories and traditions, but they share an important bond, too: a love of this land that traces back to the first people who called it home.


 Photography by Emily Chaplin & Chis Council

Photography by Emily Chaplin & Chis Council

Joshua Adams grew up around wood carving: His uncles carved, his great-uncle carved, and the tools of the trade were always nearby. Adams developed his own style in carving classes at Cherokee High School, imbuing every piece of his art with cultural purpose. Hand-carved masks, with their proven place in Cherokee history, are a natural medium, and he draws on the tribe’s stories and legends to create pieces like the award-winning False Faced God (left) and Clan Gatherer (right). Now, Adams teaches the carving class he once took at Cherokee High, often reminding his students that as artists, there’s no better source of inspiration than their own vibrant heritage.

Posted on November 13, 2017 .

Contemporary Native American Art Symposium/ Western Carolina University

November 10, 2017

The WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will host a one day symposium on contemporary Native American art bringing together scholars, artists featured in the Return from Exile exhibition, and local Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian artists. 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to learn about variety of topics. 


Symposium Presenters:

Tony A. Tiger, Bobby C. Martin, America Meredith, Heather Ahtone, Bill Glass Jr., Roy Boney Jr., Jeff Marley, Hope Huskey, Troy Jackson, Faren Sanders Crews, Josh Adams, Joel Queen, Bear Allison, Anna Fariello, TJ Holland, Mary Thompson and Barbara Duncan.

General Symposium Schedule: 

9:00am-4:00pm: One-Day Symposium | Free registration required

Post-Symposium Events

5:00pm-7:00pm: Catered reception for Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art featuring a gallery talk at 5:15pm with exhibition curators and a traditional Cherokee food tasting 

7:30pm-9:00pm: Keynote Performance from Canadian First Nation electronic music group, A Tribe Called Red.*

*WCU PRESENTS: A Tribe Called Red - Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red bring their unique electronic music to the Bardo Arts Center stage. With influences from modern hip-hop to tribal music, A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity. Tickets and details at

Ticket Prices: $25 Adults, $20 WCU Faculty/Staff, $20 Seniors, $5 Students
Student must purchase tickets at the BAC Box Office or by calling 828.227.ARTS to get the discounted rate. Adult and faculty/staff tickets can be purchased online. 

Posted on November 4, 2017 .