Cherokee Traditions: From the Hands of our Elders
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Cherokee Indian Fair Program 1937

Cherokee Traditions: From the Hands of Our Elders is a database of Cherokee art forms, historic photographs, and native language recordings. The images reproduced here are primarily from the collections of Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Recordings were made as part of WCU’s Cherokee Language Revitalization program. Through projects such as this one, Hunter Library is assembling a series of historically significant digital collections and building community through its collaboration with regional partners. In the words of Dana M. Sally, Dean of Library Services, “We are committed to developing greater understandings of, and creating new contexts for, these extraordinary collections, with the specific intent of enhancing their meaning.” To bring this story to light, Hunter Library collaborated with two of the Cherokee’s primary cultural institutions, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Under its program of cultural preservation, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation contributed funding to its success.


Cherokee Traditions:
A project of Hunter Library Digital Initiatives at Western Carolina University
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual
Museum of the Cherokee Indian

With support from:
Cherokee Preservation Foundation logo Blue Ridge National Heritage Area logo