“The traditions of Cherokee spinning and weaving with plant fibers go back more than 11,000 years,” said Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D., education director at the museum.
The public is invited to a talk and presentation on Cherokee weaving at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Ken Blankenship Education and Research Center at the museum. Karen George, Davy Arch, Deborah Harding and Barbara Duncan will talk about and show examples of Cherokee weaving. Davy Arch has been gathering dogbane and other plants traditionally used in weaving, and Karen has been experimenting with spinning and weaving with these plants.
Harding will lead a workshop on weaving techniques from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the museum. Using hemp fibers, participants will make a bag. The cost of the workshop is $25 for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian tribal members. Class size is limited to 15. Participants can register at the museum’s box office.
Both events are sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.