Western Carolina University’s Ben Steere, assistant professor of anthropology and co-director of Cherokee Studies Programs, is recipient of the Principal Chief Leon D. Jones Award for Archaeological Excellence, presented by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Brett Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, has received the 2016 Cherokee National Worcester Award for his efforts to preserve Cherokee culture.
“The Importance of Time and Place” is the theme for Western Carolina University’s seventh annual symposium, Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing Our Common Ground, on Thursday, Sept. 22, and Friday, Sept. 23, at WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.
Western Carolina University recently renewed an agreement with Cherokee tribes from North Carolina and Oklahoma in which the university pledges to continue its commitment to the academic study and promotion of Cherokee language, history and culture.
Special Collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library recently received a gift of a Cherokee language version of E.B. White’s classic children’s book “Charlotte’s Web.”
Three Western Carolina faculty members have assisted in the creation and completion of a project to showcase interpretive sites related to the history of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in six far western counties of North Carolina.
Anna Fariello, associate professor of research and director of the Craft Revival Project at Western Carolina University, is a recipient of a Brown-Hudson Folklore Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society.
Robert Conley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is a prolific author and Western Carolina University’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies.
Representatives of Western Carolina University’s Cherokee studies program and the Fine Art Museum have traveled to San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, to learn about the Mayan art and language.
Anna Fariello believes that artifacts – somewhat like windows – can act as passageways to a culture’s soul.