Scott Philyaw, director of the Mountain Heritage Center and associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, has been named to lead Mountain Heritage Day, the university’s popular celebration of Southern Appalachian culture.
Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Day, held Sept. 30 on the campus in Cullowhee, gave local residents a chance to show off their foot speed, chain saw prowess and other skills in a variety of just-for-fun contests.
Western Carolina University presented its Mountain Heritage Award for 2006 on Saturday (Sept. 30) to a family whose roots run deep into the musical heritage of Jackson County and Western North Carolina.
Western Carolina University presented its Mountain Heritage Award for 2005 on Saturday (Sept. 24) to the Professional Crafts Program of Haywood Community College, which has become a model for crafts education programs around the country during its 29-year history.
Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Day will mark 31 years of celebrating traditional Appalachian culture when the festival gets under way just after sunrise Saturday, Sept. 24, on the campus in Cullowhee.
Archaeological evidence has shown that people have lived in what is now called Cullowhee Valley for thousands of years, and several Native American villages once stood on what is now the campus of Western Carolina University.
Storm-weary residents of Western North Carolina got a chance to kick up their heels and celebrate mountain heritage as a crowd estimated at 31,500 gathered on the campus of Western Carolina University for the 30 th annual Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Award for 2004 was presented Saturday (Sept. 25) to Cherokee elder Walker Calhoun in honor of his lifelong commitment to passing on to future generations the Cherokee tribe's traditional songs and sacred ceremonies.