George Goings, Sr

At age ten, George Goings started learning wood carving from his dad and around age twenty, he learned basketry from his mom Louise Goings.   Also about that time he learned flint knapping,  blow gun, and dart making and started working at the Cherokee Indian Village.  

He admits taking all of this for granted until he got older, then his mom and dad told him it was part of Cherokee culture and he needed to hold onto it so he started paying more attention.  

As an award winning artist, today he works with white oak, river cane, honeysuckle for baskets, flint and wood for carving. 


Cherokee knife maker Blue Welch

“Holding onto our culture and heritage makes me feel good.”