Cherokee Studies

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Steere gets award for archaeological excellence from Eastern Band of Cherokee

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.

Professor receives Cherokee honor for preservation of culture, interpretive work

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.

Rooted in the Mountains symposium to focus on sense of place, moments in time

“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.

WCU renews agreement to continue support of Cherokee language, history, culture

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 receives Cherokee language version of ‘Charlotte’s Web’

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.”

WCU faculty help complete Trail of Tears project

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.

Fariello recognized for contributions to N.C. folk traditions

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.

Q&A with Robert Conley

Robert Conley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is a prolific author and Western Carolina University’s Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies.

Representatives from WCU in Mexico to study Mayan language, art

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.

New book takes closer look at baskets and their makers

Anna Fariello believes that artifacts – somewhat like windows – can act as passageways to a culture’s soul.

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