Didanisisgi Pottery Festival | Cherokee, NC

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Didanisisgi Pottery Festival

Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Didanisisgi is the Cherokee word for mud dauber. This locally organized event honors and supports Cherokee potters. Participating potters will have tables for pottery sales and will also join in a series of roundtable discussions on different aspects of Cherokee pottery. We invite you to shop and mingle with the artists during this free event. 

8–10 a.m. Artist setup
10 a.m.      Doors open
11 a.m.       Speaker presentation on Cherokee pottery
1 p.m.        Roundtable #1
2 p.m.       Roundtable #2
3 p.m.       Roundtable #3
 


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Tara McCoy
Phone: 828.359.6783


Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Sunday, August 1 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one long weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


Cherokee Bonfire

Sunday, August 1 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May 22–September 29, 2021.


Cherokee Bonfire

Monday, August 2 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May 22–September 29, 2021.


Oconaluftee Islands Park Closed for Trout Derby Setup

Monday, August 2 from 8:00 am to Saturday, August 7 at 2:00 pm

Notice to all visitors: Oconaluftee Islands Park will be closed starting Monday, August 2, 2021 at 8 a.m. until Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 2 p.m. so the event staff can setup for the Trout Derby. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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