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A Basket Full of Traditions

Posted on August 16, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

Arts and crafts are so much more than a knack or childhood hobby, but extend into a rich, traditional landscape of history, including among Cherokee people. A seasoned expert in the foundations of Cherokee arts and crafts is Anna Fariello, a former Smithsonian Institution (SI) fellow. A Road Scholar and former Fulbright Scholar, Anna’s series of books and website entitled “From the Hands of our Elders”, ¬†aims to share archival collections of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the general public.

Anna Fariello presented a talk on the material traditions of Cherokee Indians, including the art of basketry.

On Thursday 8/10/17, she was invited to speak at the Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Craft and Conversation Series. Her talk focused on the material traditions of Cherokee arts and crafts, namely basketry, pottery, and carving in addition to the elders who have maintained these traditions over time.¬†

To read more about Anna’s work and her talk, you can read a recent Tryon Daily Bulletin article.