The Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts, an academic partner of Western Carolina University, will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, to celebrate its new location at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee.
Members of the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently welcomed publication of a new book, titled “Spearfinger,” based on a traditional Cherokee story and intended to bolster revitalization of the Cherokee language.
Robert Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is winner of the 2009 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
Artists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently were able to harvest river cane needed for baskets through the revival of a 60-year-old agreement by staffers with the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources, an initiative operated through Western Carolina University’s Cherokee studies program.
"Cherokee Pottery: People of One Fire," a collection of Cherokee pottery that spans centuries of cultural change, will be on display at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center through Sunday, Nov. 16.