Community Learning

MCI is proud to offer community learning opportunities both on-site at the Museum and virtually.

Shell Carving for Beginners with Nancy Pheasant (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)

Join artist Nancy Pheasant (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) for a beginners’ workshop in shell carving. No experience necessary!

This workshop is held over the course of four sessions:

September 22, 2023 5pm-9pm
September 23, 2023 8am-4pm
September 24, 2023 8am-4pm
September 30, 2023 8am-4pm

This workshop is full and registration is closed. To be placed on the waitlist, please email

Meet the Instructor:

A member of the Wolf Clan, Nancy Pheasant (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) is an accomplished multimedia artist specializing in shell carving, jewelry, and fabric work. After retiring from a career as a North Carolina emergency medical paramedic, Nancy began dedicating herself to preserving the traditional artform of shell carving and has studied with the internationally renowned shell carver Dan Townsend. Her own pieces, including museum-quality replica gorgets, have won numerous awards and ribbons, and she stays busy designing and sewing ribbon-adorned clothing for community members. She currently lives in the Wolftown Community of Cherokee, North Carolina.

Gadugi Pottery Exhibit
April 14-December 31
Location: Museum of the Cherokee Indian

This exhibition highlights works made by students of Community Learning pottery classes at MCI led by Tara McCoy (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) using ancestral methods and includes effigy pots, pieces incorporating Cherokee syllabary, and pottery inspired by Cherokee legends. Now in its second year, MCI’s Community Learning pottery workshop is open to beginners and experienced potters alike. Created to increase and improve pottery making in the community, the workshop was offered to enrolled citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians aged 16 and up at no charge.

Featured artists:

Bonnie Claxton (Chickasaw Nation)
Nancy Pheasant (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)
Trey Adcock (Cherokee Nation)
Toby McCoy (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)
Dreyton Long (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)
Roxanne Teesateskie (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)
Caleb Hickman (Cherokee Nation)
Madeline Welch (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)

ᎠᎾᏍᏕᏓᎵᏴᏓ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ/ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏚᏓᏁᎳᏗ Celebration/Disruption Summer Art Market Series

Over three months, MCI will host a series of art markets inspired by Disruption, an artist intervention of the Museum’s permanent exhibition. Native artists are invited to complete the online application, provide photos of their work, and select their two preferred market weekends:

July 14-15, 10am-5pm
August 4-5, 10am-5pm

Learn more about Disruption, on view now: