Bowl from the Overhills used to make bread on a stone slab. Dough was put in the bowl, then the bowl turned upside down on a stone with coals underneath the slab and on top of the bowl. Museum of the Cherokee Indian collection. 

Join us for Cherokee Heritage Day for February, Kagali, the Hungry Month.  At the end of winter, in the old days, food stores got low as people waited for the first spring greens to appear.  Our cultural activities this month focus on food.

See how hominy is made in a demonstration by Martha Sherrill.  Learn how to make a Cherokee pot with Jarrett Wildcatt.  Meet Johnnie Sue Myers, author of The Gathering Place, a Cherokee cookbook. Participate in dances that honor animals that are hunted for food, like the Bear, Buffalo, Quail, and Beaver Dances. Hear flute playing and stories from John Grant Jr., and stories about food from Kathy Littlejohn.  Activities begin at 11 am and run until 5 pm and are FREE and open to the public–suitable for all ages.  Nikki Crisp will be selling Indian tacos and fry bread from 10 am– 5 pm.

10 am–5 pm Nikki Crisp–Indian tacos and frybread

10 am–5 pm Cherokee Friends demonstrate carving, wampum belt making and more in Museum Lobby

10 am–5 pm  Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man, demonstrates carving Indian ball sticks in the Museum Lobby

11 am Pottery making workshop with Jarrett Wildcatt–Art Studio*

12 noon  Hominy making demonstration by Martha Sherrill

1 pm Pottery making workshop with Jarrett Wildcatt*

2 pm  Johnnie Sue Myers–“The Gathering Place”  book signing and food demonstration

3 pm  Traditional Dancing with the Cherokee Friends

4 pm  Storytelling with Kathy Littlejohn and John Grant. Jr.


Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.  The Cherokee Friends are sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.  For more info call 828 497-3481.

  • Pottery workshop is limited to 15 people.  Sign up at the beginning of the day in the Museum Store. Workshop is free but space is limited.