Mountain Heritage Center plans activities for ‘Crooked Water’ exhibit

A reception and presentation will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center to celebrate the exhibit “Land of the Crooked Water” that is currently on display at the museum.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a 7 p.m. presentation featuring Western North Carolina folk artist Joshua Grant, conservationist Brent Martin and WCU’s Cherokee Language Program coordinator Tom Belt. The presentation will include a discussion of sustainability issues in the mountains of WNC and north Georgia.

“Land of the Crooked Water” is an exhibit of Grant’s hand-crank letter press prints of regional scenes and landscapes. The exhibit was originally sponsored through LAND/SCAPE, an ongoing project of the Southern Appalachian office of the Wilderness Society that draws attention to the intersection of art and nature by featuring the work of regional artists, writers and poets.

Grant is a recent graduate of the Nantahala School for the Arts. His work focuses on Cherokee and Southern Appalachian culture. Martin, Southern Appalachian regional director for the Wilderness Society, is currently working on his doctoral degree in history, focusing on the land-use patterns and environmental history of the northwest Georgia mountains. Belt, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, recently was a presenter at the “Patterns of Native Health and Well-Being” symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

The free reception and presentation are part of WCU’s interdisciplinary campus theme for 2014-15, “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time.”

For more information, contact the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.