Kananesgi Pottery Festival | Cherokee, NC

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Kananesgi Pottery Festival

Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

For the third year, the Kananesgi Pottery Festival will assemble Cherokee potters for a day of demonstration, sales, and storytelling. Potters will participate in public roundtable events to discuss their favorite pots and who influenced them as potters. Cherokee historian Dr. Barbara Duncan will walk participants through the evolution of Cherokee pottery, and Cherokee storyteller Jarrett Wildcatt will entertain the audience with some tales. The North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA) will sell traditional Indian dinners.

New this year is the addition of 2D art, and photographers and painters will join Cherokee potters at the event. Also selling and demonstrating, these Cherokee artists will convey Cherokee through their eyes.

Interactive activities include pottery make-and-take, easy painting classes, and a photo booth. All activities are free to the public.

Event Schedule
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Marketplace
10 a.m. - Welcome and Storytelling
11 a.m. - Pit Firing and “The History of Pottery” with Dr. Duncan
12 p.m. - Storytelling and Hands-On Painting
1 p.m. - Panel Discussion: My Favorite Pottery Piece
2 p.m. - Storytelling by Jarrett Wildcatt and Hands-On Painting
3 p.m. - Panel Discussion: Who Influenced You As a Potter
3:30 p.m. - Storytelling by Jarrett Wildcatt and Hands-On Painting
4 p.m. - Event Ends


Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone: 800.438.1601

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