New Cherokee basket exhibit on display at Heritage Center

A new exhibit of more than 100 baskets representing the Cherokee people’s four major basketry traditions of river cane, white oak, honeysuckle and maple is now on display at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Organized by guest curator Steve Lott, the exhibit includes baskets on loan from regional collectors. It will be on display through April 30 and is a follow-up to the recently closed exhibit “Transformations: Cherokee Baskets in the 20th Century.”

Made primarily by Cherokee women using materials gathered from the native landscape, baskets have been a part of Cherokee life and legend for centuries. The new exhibit features baskets that date from the 19th and 20th centuries. Basketmakers featured are Ramona Baith, Ollie Bigwitch, Nancy Bradley, Rowena Bradley, Nancy Conseen, Ollie Hornbuckle, Lucille Lossiah, Mary Jane Lossiah, Mollie Lossiah, Ramona Lossiah, Emily Smith, Mary Tramper, Agnes Welch, Maidena Wildcatt and Eva Wolfe.

Special events planned in conjunction with the exhibit include demonstrations of basketmaking and a program on basket collecting.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the first floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call (828) 227-7129 or visit the Mountain Heritage Center on the Web.