February 17 – May 29, 2015
wooden mask

This traveling exhibition focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text.  Major themes include Cherokee Homeland, Heritage Sites, Tourism, Family, and Community Celebrations.  The exhibit was designed to include community input as a way to develop its content.  A community team held monthly discussions to develop the ideas and images that make up the exhibit. These conversations by native Cherokee speakers are available for exhibit visitors to listen to via smart phone QR codes. The exhibit is sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in partnership with Cherokee Central Schools, Southwestern Community College, and Western Carolina University with funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  A selection of contemporary Cherokee objects from the Museum’s collection will also be on display.

This exhibit is cosponsored by the WFU Linguistics Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Department of Religion.