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The Kananesgi Basket and Carving Festival Celebrates Cherokee Artists

The Kananesgi Basket and Carving Festival will celebrate the basket makers, carvers, instrument makers, and weaponry artists of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), on Saturday, November 3rd, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Visitors can meet close to 30 different artists, learn the history of Cherokee baskets, and discover the intricacies of a variety of Cherokee art forms. A marketplace will feature art from participating artists and one-of-a-kind pieces will be available to purchase and take home.

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Heartbeat of Our Tribe: A Look at the 106th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

Hundreds of guests recently enjoyed the 106th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair in Cherokee, NC—a four-day event celebrating the unique culture and spirit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It’s a beloved event filled with arts and crafts, the Miss Cherokee pageants, stickball games, music, rides, and so much more. The theme for the 2018 fair was GA-DU-GI, which means “Heartbeat of our Tribe.” These pictures capture the pulse of the fair celebrations, and offer a glimpse into the rich traditions on display as part of the festivities. We hope you enjoy!

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We’re Still Here: Harmony & Collaboration at the Heart of The Cherokee Cultural Corridor Project

The Nikwasi Initiative oversees the Cherokee Cultural Corridor project, a heritage tourism initiative to preserve and showcase historical sites crucial to the US and EBCI. Conceptualized to be a regional economic driver, the Corridor is about 60 miles long and extends from Cherokee along Highway 28 along the Little Tennessee River to Franklin and continues along Highway 441 to the Georgia border.

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Racing into Fall: The Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K + Turkey Strut 5K

Cherokee in the fall is a thing of beauty; the mountain air gets cool and the leaves shine brightly in brilliant hues. There’s really no better time to take in the scenic beauty on foot, and lucky for walkers and runners of all speeds, there are two not-to-be-missed outdoor events: The Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K and the Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run. 

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All-Women Organization NAIWA Offers A Taste of Cherokee Culture

If you’ve eaten the amazing food at the annual Cherokee Indian Fair or Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market, it’s likely that you’ve interacted with members of the Cherokee Chapter of the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA) who often prepare the fare at large Cherokee events. But NAIWA is so much more than a group of talented cooks. It’s a nonprofit membership, educational, and service organization established in 1970.

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