Dive into the Arts and Crafts and Storytelling of Cherokee

Where the Cherokee family traditions become your family heirlooms. Head to the Open Air Indian Art Market, which showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts are returning on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Allow the Cherokee to introduce you to the Indian culture through their arts and crafts — and even storytelling. Handcrafted items will be for sale at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Market. Craftsmen will be on hand demonstrating their techniques, showing you how they create their pieces. Buy gifts for friends and family and support the North American Indian Women’s Association.

The outdoor market will be held in the Cultural District of Cherokee at Qualla Arts and Crafts at 645 Tsali Blvd. in Cherokee. Music will be provided by the Sound of Music. A traditional Cherokee meal will be available for purchase for $10 per person by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA).

General admission is free to the public. Call 828-497-3103 for more information.

Through Oct. 1, visitors to Cherokee can also spend evenings around a roaring bonfire with tribal storytellers who spin tales of days gone by. The bonfires are held 7–9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free and marshmallows for roasting are provided.

Clad in 17th-century-period dress, storytellers recount myths and mysteries passed down through the ages as well as tell the history of the Cherokee people. Guests learn Cherokee survival skills and experience traditional native dance. The events are held at Oconaluftee Islands Park, adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market (across the road from the KFC on the corner of Tsali Boulevard and U.S. Route 441).

For information: 1-800-438-1601 or travel@nc-cherokee.com. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 15,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville and at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.