In Memory- Fred Wilnoty

In Memory- Fred Wilnoty

December 9, 1964 – February 17, 2022 My work is an expression of my God-given talent. Fred Wilnoty was an exceptional carver and a member of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Cooperative.  He was the son of John and Elnora Wilnoty and came from a long...
White Oak Baskets

White Oak Baskets

White oak baskets are both functional and artistic.  Crafted out of the hardwood, they are dyed naturally, using walnuts, berries or other native plants.  An authentic Cherokee Indian made white oak basket that is protected from moisture can be a valuable and...
Rivercane baskets

Rivercane baskets

Watching a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians make a rivercane basket is an opportunity to step back in history. Owning a rivercane basket is to take home an authentic and unique sliver of that history.  Cherokee rivercane basket-making techniques have...
Honeysuckle Baskets

Honeysuckle Baskets

Pliable, fast growing and easy to find, honeysuckle vines serve as the basket-material-of-choice for many Cherokee artisans. Until the 20th century, however, the plant wasn’t in heavy use. Instead, rivercane and white oak dominated the craft.  Today, some of...
Carving

Carving

The Cherokee’s love for wood carving was born out of necessity. Like other cultures, Native Americans carved wood for a variety of reasons, from making items for use in our homes to creating masks for traditional dances.  Then and now, ladles, spoons and dough trays...