Nancy Conseen (1929-1997) was born in Cherokee, North Carolina on the eve of the Great Depression. When she was just six years old, she learned to weave white oak and honeysuckle baskets from her mother, Caroline Conseen. In school she learned basket weaving from Lottie Stamper. As an adult and accomplished basket weaver, Nancy Conseen became active in the arts and crafts community beyond the Qualla Boundary. Besides the many ribbons that she won at the annual Cherokee Indian Fair, she won state and national level awards. In 1981, she was selected North Carolina Craftswoman of the Year.