Gourd Carving

Davy Arch, Cherokee Maskmaker & Storyteller

Davy Arch, Cherokee Maskmaker & Storyteller

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Shirley Jackson Oswalt

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Shirley Jackson Oswalt

Cherokee beadworker, gourd carver, basketmaker

Robbinsville, NC (Graham County)

Shirley Jackson Oswalt was a celebrated Cherokee beadworker, gourd carver, and maker of white oak baskets. She demonstrated these crafts at festivals and schools, and also taught hands-on workshops. Shirley grew the gourds that she carved as well as the corn beads she used in beadwork. Other natural materials such as vines and seeds were incorporated into her work. A native speaker of the Cherokee language, she lectured on and provided workshops about the language.

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