Walker Calhoun, Noted Cherokee Singer and Dancer, Dies at 93

March 30, 2012

Walker Calhoun, a respected Cherokee elder who sang the traditional sacred dance songs of the Cherokee and played an important role in maintaining and passing on these traditions to the next generation, died on March 28, 2012 at the age of 93. In his later years, he led two traditional dance groups that accompanied him to performances, The Raven Rock Dancers and the Warriors of AniKituhwa. He also played the old-time banjo. In 1990, he received the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, and in 1992 he received a National Folk Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.