John Grant, Jr.

Cherokee musician

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

John Grant, Jr., comes from a family of accomplished traditional artists. His own interest in Native American music began when he was a young teenager, and heard a drum group from Lamedeer, Montana. As he told the Knoxville News Sentinel, "The power and beauty of it made me want to do it for the rest of my life."

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Reuben Teesatuskie

Cherokee woodcarver, silversmith, and storyteller

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Reuben Teesatuskie is skilled in woodcarving, silversmithing, and storytelling. He presents programs that include Cherokee language, story, and storytelling. He also demonstrates wood carving and teaches Cherokee traditional dances.

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Sonny Ledford

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James "Bo" Taylor

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Eddie Swimmer

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Ernie Lossiah

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General Grant

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Walker Calhoun

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Ani-Kuwih [Mulberry] Dancers

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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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