Katrina Maney weaves white oak baskets dyed with bloodroot and walnut. She has made baskets in many forms, such as plant holders, fishing creels, purses, wastebaskets, fruit baskets, and wall baskets. She gives demonstrations and teaches classes in basketry.
Born in Swain County and raised in the Birdtown community on the Qualla Boundary, Katrina Maney began weaving baskets when she was fourteen years old, learning from her mother, the well-known basketmaker Emma Taylor. After graduating from Cherokee High School, she demonstrated basket weaving at the Oconaluftee Indian Village for seven years. She married and had three children, and then began making baskets again. Although she makes a variety of basket forms, she continues to use her mother’s patterns in her baskets.
Katrina Maney demonstrates at the Oconaluftee Indian Village from May through October every year and has demonstrated basketry at elementary schools in North Carolina and Tennessee. She sells her baskets through Qualla Arts and Crafts. Katrina has also created a white oak basketmaking kit for beginners. Her fee for demonstrations is $100 per day, and she is willing to travel if expenses are reimbursed.