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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Cherokee loses art advocate

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Long-time Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual manager Betty Dupree has passed away.

Dupree worked for 27 years as the manager at Qualla. She was an advocate for the promotion of Cherokee art and artists and became a recognized expert in Cherokee basketry. She worked tirelessly to improve the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual and the community as a whole. Dupress also was a huge advocate and supporter of the Cancer Support Group in Birdtown.

She retired in 1997 but remained a vital part of the Cherokee art world, the Cherokee Indian Fair, the North American Indian Women’s Association and the community.

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    art theplaceMary Harper was quite possibly the first real friend I made when I moved to Western North Carolina.

    With my apartment a few blocks away from the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville, I ventured down there at night trying to see what was up in this town, trying to make some friends, and trying not to feel alone and isolated in a new place where I was unknown to all who surrounded me. Harper, with her million-dollar smile and swagger, immediately made me feel at home. 

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