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A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art

November 19, 2021 - March 14, 2022

A Living Language: Cherokee Syllabary and Contemporary Art features over 50 works of art in a variety of media by 30+ Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Cherokee Nation artists. The exhibition highlights the use of the written Cherokee language, a syllabary developed by Cherokee innovator Sequoyah (circa 1776–1843). Cherokee syllabary is frequently found in the work of Cherokee artists as a compositional element or the subject matter of the work itself. The Cherokee Syllabary is a system of writing…

Weaving Across Time: Contemporary Cherokee Basket Making, Land, and Identity

December 13, 2021 - April 22, 2022

Weaving Across Time features a recent resurgence of contemporary Eastern Band Cherokee artists who are creatively building on a centuries-old practice of basket making. Learning from mothers, grandmothers, and mentors, these nine artists sustainably harvest, prepare, and dye materials found throughout Western North Carolina, and weave them into exquisite baskets.  Their creative practice is intricately connected to the land - land that has been stolen, extracted, and depleted. The Cherokee have lived throughout what is now known as the Southeastern United…

Art, Language, & Culture

January 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

How can language influence art? Award-winning Cherokee and EBCI visual artists share how the Cherokee language and syllabary inform and inspire their work. Panelists: Roy Boney, Jeff Edwards, John Henry Gloyne, Keli Gonzalez Roy Boney, Jr. Roy Boney, Jr. (Cherokee Nation) is from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, and currently resides in Tahlequah. He is an award-winning multimedia artist and writer whose art has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Roy holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University…

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