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The Native American Heritage Festival was held at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit in Hayesville, NC on October 19.  The festival featured artists demonstrating basket weaving with river cane, wood carving, beading, pottery, and stickball demonstrations.  Julie Reed and family served Cherokee food including frybread with a variety of toppings. 

A Cherokee corncrib is featured at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit.

Students from Hayesville Elementary School take a tour of the Cherokee winter house.
A Cherokee summer house is included at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit.
Ms. Sandy Nicolette explains the Cherokee game of stickball.
You'll find Cherokee masks at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit.
You may purchase wooden masks, beads, and baskets at this booth.
This Cherokee lady makes beautiful beads.
Amanda Swimmer (on the right) is 91 and does pottery.  She's shaping a turtle in this photo.  Her granddaughter helps her with the artwork.
Tony Walkingstick (Mr. Carl Moses' adopted son), makes Cherokee jewelry, brooms, and tommy hawks. 
Diamond Brown is an entertaining Cherokee storyteller and educator who founded "Touch the Earth with Native People" which has been presented throughout the United States.
Dan Hollifield, a Clay County resident, played his own hand-made flute at the Native American Heritage Festival.  He's a member of the Cherokee Nation and belongs to the bird clan.
An art show was also held in the Clay County Old Jail Museum during the Native American Heritage Festival.  The work of regional artists included jewelry, baskets, paintings, wooden art, gourd art and fabric art.
This event was sponsored by the Clay County Communities and Revitalization Association and the Clay County Historical and Arts Council.
You may visit the Cherokee Homestead in Hayesville, NC. 
For information, call:  828-389-3045.


Magnolia Tea said…
Great photos - those baskets are just beautiful! I love Native American festivals. What a fun day you had! Have a great week!
lil red hen said…
Oh this was so special! Very interesting, and what a wonderful opportunity for those students!
Susie Swanson said…
Oh how nice this must have been. I've always been so interested in Native American. What enjoyment you must have had. Blessings
Daisy said…
What a neat event! So much to see and learn. I like seeing the handcrafted items too.
Dorothy said…
I enjoyed seeing your pictures! I like festivals such as this!
Cheryl said…
This post was so interesting! How I wished I could attend such an amazing exhibit. Its wonderful that you have shared this with us!
Betsy Adams said…
What a neat festival… Wish we had more of them throughout our country. The Native Americans have been here in this country MUCH longer than we have…

I enjoy going to Cherokee, NC and talking to the locals there. SO interesting…

Love your header. Thanks for sharing.
Rana Williams said…
Hi Brenda,

Very interesting, I enjoyed the pictures and the information, thank you for sharing.

Your friend,
Nancy Simpson said…
Brenda, Thanks for this excellent post. You have the best blog. I always enjoy reading about what is happening in our town. Your pictures could win prizes.

What a lot of interesting goings on you have in your part of the country, Brenda! Thank you so much for sharing them with us all.
Janet, said…
Loved the post. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Glenda Beall said…
I am sorry I didn't get down to the festival. I knew it was going to be good. Thanks for the photos and the story of the people. I hope there was a great crowd for the festival.

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