Woodcarving

Clay County History and Arts Museum

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Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

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Joel Queen

Cherokee Artist and Potter Interview by Tonya Carroll Photography by Ashley Evans and Kelly Queen Videography and Editing by Katherine Bartel A production of Mountain Heritage Center Dr. Scott Philyaw, Director Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina In Cooperation with Qualla Arts…

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Willard and Ora Watson

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Edd Presnell

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Amanda Crowe

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Amanda Crowe

Woodcarver

Qualla Boundary

Like many traditional artists, Cherokee carver Amanda Crowe first learned her craft by watching others. She was drawing and carving by the age of four, and she was selling her carvings of animals and bids by the age of eight. "I was barely big enough to handle a knife," she says, "but I knew what I wanted to do so I just whittled away. I guess it was part of my heritage."

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Goingback Chiltosky

Woodcarver

Qualla Boundary

Cherokee tribal elder Goingback Chiltosky was a master woodcarver who influenced several generations of carvers. His work includes carvings of animal and human subjects, often in native woods such as cherry, walnut, holly apple, and buckeye, but he also carved request orders from exotic woods. In addition to freestanding pieces, he carved large bas-reliefs. He said he always thought of his own "trademark as being a smooth finished piece of wood with a minimum of fine detail."

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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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