Submitted by Cory Blankenship
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
The Secretary of Cultural Resources for the State of North Carolina, Dr. Linda Carlisle, and her Executive Liaison Melanie Soles, visited the Qualla Boundary on Sunday, Oct. 18. During the visit Carlisle and Soles toured the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Mountainside Theatre, the Oconaluftee Indian Village, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, the Oconaluftee Institute of Cultural Arts, and had lunch with Dr. Susan Jenkins and her staff at the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.
Dr. Carlisle commented on her visit “I am very impressed by what is happening in Cherokee and delighted to see the results of many years of hard work.” A small welcoming committee facilitated the tour of the Qualla Boundary, the Cultural District, and our numerous cultural resources.
After touring the Oconaluftee Indian Village, Secretary Carlisle was presented with a fingerwoven belt made by Cherokee Artist Karen George. Cherokee Historical Association’s Executive Director, John Tissue, made the presentation of the gift on behalf of the Cherokee Historical Association and the Cherokee Cultural District.