By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
UNC Asheville students and faculty will get to experience various aspects of Cherokee culture thanks to a student. Livia Lambert, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and the current president of the Native American Student Association at the university, has organized three days of events and presentations featuring EBCI culture and lifeways.
“As a community fellow for the Key Center for Community Engaged Learning at UNC Asheville and current president of the Native American Student Association, my role is to strengthen the relationship between the EBCI and UNC Asheville,” she said. “November is Native American Heritage Month and a unique series has been planned this year to celebrate and acknowledge the impact of Native American history on our modern day lives.”
Lambert said the series also has a deeper purpose. “We also will be doing a bit of ‘myth busting’. The goal of these events is to provide the campus community with new opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of our people. All are welcome. See you there!”
Following is a schedule of events for Cherokee Cultural Week at UNC Asheville:
- Wednesday, Nov. 13, Blue Ridge Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – informational stations on Cherokee language, tribal law and government, Harrah’s Cherokee casinos, basket weaving, beadwork, pottery, wood carving, and visual artistry
- Thursday, Nov. 14, Blue Ridge Room from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – history and culture through storytelling (Museum of the Cherokee Indian) and a keynote address from Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed
- Friday, Nov. 15, The Grotto from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. – concert featuring River Kane and Banished DG
For more information about this event or the Native American Student Association at UNC Asheville, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Native-American-Student-Association-UNCA-124301084286551/