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 arts.wcu.edu/tribe.

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 .

105th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair / 2017 Best In Show

"Balanced Mentors" 

"Balanced Mentors" 

2017 Best of Show / 1st Place Best Display of Mask 

2017 1st Place Best 2 Piece Large Wood Carvings

2017 2nd Place Best Display 5 Small Woodcarvings

Thank you to all the staff and judges of the 105th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair and the Qualla Arts  and Craft Cooperative 

Posted on October 17, 2017 .

Asheville Art Museum / Home Land Exhibition

Inspired by the Museum’s recent acquisition Home Land, a cutting-edge contemporary basket by Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn, this exhibition explores the connections that southeastern Native artists have to their ancestral homelands. The works on view are drawn primarily from the collection of Lambert Wilson, a passionate collector of southeastern Native art for over 30 years. 


(Click images for show info...)

Featuring Student of Nature and other works...

Culture, Forgive Me

Culture, Forgive Me

Posted on July 15, 2017 .