Mask Making

Clay County History and Arts Museum

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Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

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Davy Arch, Cherokee Maskmaker & Storyteller

Davy Arch, Cherokee Maskmaker & Storyteller

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Sonny Ledford

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Lloyd Carl Owle

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David Hornbuckle

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Virgil Crowe

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Bill Crowe

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Davy Arch

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Sonny Ledford

Carver, dancer, and lecturer on Cherokee history

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

When Sonny Ledford teaches others about Cherokee culture, he says, "I tell about how I grew up, from a child to a man." As a small child growing up in Birdtown, Ledford spoke Cherokee, and he only began to learn English when it became a practical necessity for enrolling in kindergarten. His mother, a member of the Bird Clan, and his father, a member of the Long Hair Clan, both spoke Cherokee as their first language, and were deeply versed in the tribe's history and traditions of artistry. Geneva Teesatuskie Ledford, his mother, was from the Snowbird Community.

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