Basketmaking

Clay County History and Arts Museum

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Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

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Mountain Heritage Classes Project

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Eva Wolfe

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Emma Taylor

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Eva Wolfe

Basket maker

Qualla Boundary (Cherokee), NC

Eva Wolfe was an accomplished weaver of rivercane baskets, a traditional type of Cherokee basketry. Born in 1922 in the Soco community of the Qualla Boundary, Wolfe first learned the craft from her mother. She later expanded her skills under the direction of her aunt Lottie Stamper, a noted Cherokee basket-weaving instructor. Wolfe pursued her craft all of her life, steadily making and selling baskets while raising a family of 11 children.

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Emma Taylor

Basket maker

Qualla Boundary (Cherokee), NC

Emma Taylor was widely recognized as an especially gifted and productive basket maker in the tradition of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Born in 1920, Taylor grew up in the Birdtown community of the Qualla Indian Boundary. By the age of seven, she had learned to imitate her mother's basketry skills by working with discarded oak splints from finished baskets. Later, while attending the Cherokee school, she received more formal training in this ancient art from master basket weaver Lottie Stamper.

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Nancy Bradley

Basket weaver

Qualla Boundary

Nancy Bradley, remembered as a master basket weaver, represents an earlier era of craftsmanship and daily life in the Cherokee community than many of the other great basket makers of the twentieth century. Like many basket makers, Bradley, who only spoke Cherokee, would bundle up her baskets in a blanket, which she would carry on her back to town to barter for groceries and other staples.

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Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair

Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more.

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Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

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