“Cherokee Fabrics and Feather Capes” Free Talk at Museum of the Cherokee Indian

“Cherokee Fabrics and Feather Capes” Free Talk at Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is offering a free program Friday evening March 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ken Blankenship Education and Research Center on Highway 441 in Cherokee North Carolina.  “Cherokee Fabrics and Feather Capes” will include presentations by scholars and tribal members. 

“The Cherokee traditions of spinning and making fabric are more than 9,500 years old,” said Barbara Duncan, Education Director at the Museum. Speakers will include Penelope Drooker, who has researched Cherokee and southeastern fabrics through archaeological studies.  She is Curator Emerita at the New York State Museum at Albany, and has published books and articles about textiles in archaeology. Drooker’s presentation is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.  Cecile Ganteaume is Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. She curated the exhibits “Circle of Dance” and “Infinity of Nations” and edited books about those exhibitions. Ganteaume also has been researching Native textiles and clothing.

In addition, Kara Martin will model a Cherokee skirt and feather cape that she wore in the Miss Indian World competition at the end of April. The skirt is woven from hemp and is a recreation of a Cherokee women’s skirt found in the Clifty Creek cave in east Tennessee, originally woven from nettle fibers.  Deborah Harding, Collections Manager at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, created the skirt in collaboration with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and will discuss the process.

This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Humanities Council, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. For more information call 828 497-3481 x1 or email bduncan@cherokeemuseum.org.

 

Original Press Release from Barbara Duncan, Museum of the Cherokee Indian