The Cherokee practice of maintaining “balance” in life continues in today’s high-tech world, partly through the preservation of age-old Cherokee craft traditions that are taught to each new generation. This balance between old and new is found in Cherokee schools and in community workshops, where young Cherokee have the opportunity to learn the art of Cherokee basketry, pottery, beadwork, woodcarving, and other traditional Cherokee crafts.
Listen to the Living Traditions Moments about Cherokee Crafts
Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative
The non-profit Qualla Arts and Crafts was formed in 1946 with the purpose of preserving the Cherokee arts and crafts culture, insuring top quality work and providing a market for native crafted goods. This organization has been a leading force in keeping alive the arts and crafts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Members of the cooperative teach workshops to pass on the traditions of the tribe.
Other Cherokee Craft Resources
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian sells Cherokee art in the museum store.
The Traditional Artist Directory of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area includes many Cherokee craft artisans.