Fingerweaving

Karen George

Cherokee Artist and Weaver Special thanks to Mike Crowe, Kody W. Grant, Daniel Sonny Ledford, Matthew Tooni, and Fred WIlnoty, Jr. Interview by Tonya Carroll Photography by Ashley Evans Videography by David Brewin Editing by Katherine Bartel A production of Mountain Heritage Center Dr.…

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Shirley Cloer

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Ed & Christina Goings

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Karen George

Finger weaver and basket maker

Cherokee, Qualla Boundary

A once almost-lost art, Cherokee finger weaving is now practiced by a few very talented artists, including Karen George. Rather than using a loom, George ties a hank of many strands of long yarn to the crossbeam of a simple two-legged frame, and weaves the yarns together from the top down, forming a tight fabric sash, often in bright colors and traditional geometrical designs.

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Shirley Cloer

Fingerweaver, beadworker, potter, and basket maker

Cherokee, NC

Shirley Cloer is a Cherokee artist and manager of the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee. She was just a teenager when she started working at the Village in 1969. The Village has long been an artistically fertile forum for Cherokee artisans to share techniques and ideas with each other, and with young people who aspire to learn their techniques.

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Ed and Christina Goings

Cherokee craft demonstrators

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Ed and Christina Goings are a young Cherokee couple who demonstrate a variety of Cherokee crafts and talk about Cherokee culture. Ed makes white oak baskets, and Christina finger-weaves the distinctive Cherokee sashes and does beadwork. While Christina demonstrates beadwork, Ed discusses the different styles and stitches she uses.

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