Drum Making

General Grant

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Bill Crowe

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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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General Grant

Cherokee craft demonstrator, dancer, presenter

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

General Grant gives lectures and workshops on Cherokee spirituality and medicine, woodcarving, silversmithing, bone and antler carving, flint knapping, drum making, primitive technology, and making reproductions of traditional artifacts. He is also an accomplished powwow dancer and is pictured here in powwow regalia.

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Bill Crowe

Cherokee woodcarver and musician

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Bill Crowe comes from a family of talented, traditional carvers. He carves masks and other traditional pieces, makes and drums, and can talk about Cherokee history. He also plays the traditional flute, and is willing to perform at weddings and other events.

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