Facing Culture/WCU Exhibition

John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

Joshua Adams: Facing Culture

Exhibition: June 15 - August 24
Reception: Thursday, August 23 from 5-7PM

The exhibition brings together a selection of masks and carvings of the human face by Eastern Band Cherokee artist Joshua Adams, who expresses a deep reverence for his culture through his artwork. A teacher of woodcarving at Cherokee High School, Adams' work reflects on the importance of preserving his culture and how outside influences have, and still do, impact Cherokee life and belief. Intended for display rather than ceremony, these representations of the human face range from traditional Cherokee forms to contemporary twists on tradition. Made from a variety of woods with details fashioned from rabbit fur, feathers, porcupine quills, and traditional arrows, Adams' works demonstrate the technical complexity of mask making and the array of materials that enliven this artform. Sculptors, wood carvers, historians, craft enthusiasts, and those interested in Cherokee art and culture will not want to miss this exhibition.



 All images courtesy of WCU Fine Art Musuem   

All images courtesy of WCU Fine Art Musuem   

Posted on July 21, 2018 .

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 .