Silversmithing

Reuben Teesatuskie

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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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Shirley Taylor

Basketmaker

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Shirley Taylor makes white oak baskets dyed with walnut and bloodroot. She can also demonstrate basketmaking and teach hands-on classes.

Born and raised in Big Cove, Shirley Taylor graduated from Cherokee High School and continues to live on the Qualla Boundary, where she owns and manages a motel. She learned basketry from her mother-in- law, well-known basket maker Emma Taylor, and has practiced basket making for the past fifteen years. Her grandchildren are now learning to make baskets from her.

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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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