Cherokee Artists

In 1946 Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. was established by visionary Cherokee craftspeople and leaders who saw that Cherokee crafts – if preserved and promoted – could strengthen tribal values and provide livelihoods while offering unique beauty to the wider world.

Today, you will find authentic Cherokee handicrafts using techniques passed down from generation to generation. We welcome you to visit the nation’s oldest and foremost Native American cooperative and bring home one-of-a-kind  treasures.

Authentic Handicrafts

Qualla Arts member-artists create one-of-a-kind baskets, carvings, jewelry and other pieces using techniques passed down for generations.  Many of our artisans have national acclaim with publications and gallery showings including the Smithsonian and abroad.

Cherokee Elder potter

Creating art from nature is part of our Cherokee Indian heritage.

Handmade Carvings

The Cherokee’s love for wood carving was born out of necessity.  The Cherokee like many cultures carved wood for a variety of reasons, from items used in our homes to the creation of masks for our traditional dances.

Stone carvings in the past were often made by skilled artists using cutting edge technology.  Today most stone carvings are purely works of art to be enjoyed by looking at them and wearing them.


Perhaps the best-known handicraft of the Cherokee are our river cane, white oak, and honeysuckle baskets. Traditionally, these baskets were boiled with black walnut or native bloodroot to produce darker colors, yet just as often they were left in the rich yellow hue of the natural cane.

Visit Cherokee Co-Op Store

We have the largest collection of authentic Native American Indian arts and crafts made locally by Qualla Arts & Crafts co-op members who are enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Plan a visit and browse over 3,000 handcrafted items in various styles and price ranges.

Tour inside with the video below.

Homemade Arts & Crafts

You’ll find quilts, fingerweaving, carvings, pottery, baskets and much more to purchase in our store.  All one-of-a-kind, authentic Native American handiwork. 

Handmade Jewelry

Our jewelry is painstakingly made by Native American artists and features beadwork, copper, silver, leather, feathers, and stones.

What Our Customers Have to Say

Ron Herrington
June 19, 2023
Simply put it's just a nice place to go to
Amber Alexandria
June 18, 2023
Great place to view and buy Cherokee art and crafts. There is a lot of exhibits and Cherokee crafted items for sale. If in Cherokee, NC one should stop by here.
Jan Lapides
June 17, 2023
Interesting background about the First Tribe, Cherokees.
Giselle Marion
June 1, 2023
Worth the visit for authentic indigenous art.
Ron Herrington
May 25, 2023
It's not cheap folks but you get what you pay for
Anne Roberts
May 10, 2023
Wonderful handmade creations. Enjoyed the gallery very much.
May 4, 2023
This is the place to visit to see the best in authentic works of Cherokee craftsmanship. Beautiful pieces on display and for sale.