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


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone: 800.438.1601


“Unto These Hills”

Monday, June 27 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bring a blanket and an appetite for heart-pounding drama.

You can feel a slight chill run up your spine; but not from the mountain winds shifting their direction in anticipation of the coming dusk. It is from your anticipation of the coming drama. Unto These Hills drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee that traces back to the years before the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears to the present day. Millions of people have witnessed America’s most powerful drama, which rewrites the Cherokee’s place in the world. A place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.


Cherokee Bonfire

Wednesday, June 1 from 7:00 pm to Monday, October 31 at 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.:

May 28-30 and then Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, June 1–October 31, 2022.


“Unto These Hills”

Tuesday, June 28 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bring a blanket and an appetite for heart-pounding drama.

You can feel a slight chill run up your spine; but not from the mountain winds shifting their direction in anticipation of the coming dusk. It is from your anticipation of the coming drama. Unto These Hills drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee that traces back to the years before the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears to the present day. Millions of people have witnessed America’s most powerful drama, which rewrites the Cherokee’s place in the world. A place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.


“Unto These Hills”

Wednesday, June 29 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bring a blanket and an appetite for heart-pounding drama.

You can feel a slight chill run up your spine; but not from the mountain winds shifting their direction in anticipation of the coming dusk. It is from your anticipation of the coming drama. Unto These Hills drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee that traces back to the years before the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears to the present day. Millions of people have witnessed America’s most powerful drama, which rewrites the Cherokee’s place in the world. A place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.


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