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Arts & Entertainment Cherokee basket showing honors Native American Month

As part of celebrating November as Native American Month, Southwestern Community College’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts is hosting a Cherokee Baskets Show in its gallery on Tribal Bingo Road. The show is a combination of work from the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and a historical display from the Clay County Historical Association.

“The work on loan from the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual is a testimony to the tradition, craftsmanship and attention to detail involved with creating each basket,” said OICA program director Jeff Marley.

“The historical display from Clay County Historical Association depicts a Cherokee woman engaged in the creation of a river cane basket. Everything is historically accurate, including cloths, tools, and even the basket.”

Southwestern Community College offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree program at The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts located on Highway 19 North, behind Tribal Bingo at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee.

For more information about the Oconaluftee Institute of Cultural Arts, Southwestern Community College and the Associate in Fine Arts program, call Jeff Marley at (828)497-3945; or on the web at southwesterncc.edu/finearts/


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