Programming & Events

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a range of on-site and virtual programming and events designed to support the Museum’s mission to preserve and perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people.


Winter Lecture Series 2023 | Our Voices, Amplified: Indigenous Artistry Today | January-March, on-site and virtual

Art As Activism: How Indigenous Artists Use Their Mediums to Amplify Their Voices with Fawn Douglas (Las Vegas Paiute Tribe)
January 18, 2023, 5pm | Virtual

Fawn Douglas (Las Vegas Paiute Tribe) of Nuwu Art, a Las Vegas-based community hub where families, friends and allies gather to enjoy the cultural arts, will discuss how art can be a valid and powerful form of activism for bringing attention to Indigenous people and the issues that affect them today. Register here.

About Fawn Douglas: Fawn Douglas is an Indigenous American Artivist and enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. She comes from a proud mixed heritage of Las Vegas Paiute, Moapa Paiute, Southern Cheyenne, Creek, Pawnee and Scottish. Fawn is the head matriarch of Nuwu Art + Activism Studios, located in the heart of the Historic Huntridge Neighborhood in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is dedicated to the intersections of art, activism, community, education, culture, identity, place, and sovereignty. Within her art-making, she tells stories in order to remember the past and to ensure the stories of Indigenous peoples are heard in the present. Her studio practice includes painting, weaving, sculpture, dance and other types of performance. Fawn currently does art and cultural consulting through Nuwu Art, organizes with the non-profit IndigenousAF, and works part-time as a Cultural Engagement Specialist with Meow Wolf. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where she also taught Art Fundamentals as a graduate instructor in the Department of Art.

While at UNLV, Fawn has served with the Native American Student Association, American Indian Alliance, and the Native American Alumni Club. She has held title positions with the Institute for a Progressive Nevada and Friends of Gold Butte. She currently serves on the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Advisory Council, an honor delegated to her by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, where she once served 3 terms as a Tribal Council Woman. Fawn has also done a number of events, exhibitions, interviews, performances, and other projects.

Fawn is a protector who advocates for environmental conservation. Among her past work include efforts toward the designation of Nevada’s Gold Butte as a historic national monument and participation in the #NoDAPL protests on the Standing Rock Lakota (Sioux) Reservation. In Southern Nevada, Fawn’s activism includes Red Rock Canyon anti-desecration efforts, protection of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the fight for national monument designation of Avi Kwa Ame, and the ongoing struggle for tribal nations to retain their land and water rights.

As a survivor of sexual assault, Fawn’s experience has also given her the fire to speak out about women’s rights and she has been a vocal advocate for #MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women). She continues to speak up for her sisters and is an active supporter of several other connected movements, including #LandBack, #FIBSI (Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative), and Our Bodies, Our Lands—which recognizes the connection between protecting land, water, and Indigenous women.

Workshop: Beginner Pottery Class with Lori Reed
January 26 & 27, 2023, 5-7pm

Learn how to make a beginner’s level pinch pot with accomplished potter Lori Reed (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians)! Participants will make at least one pot that will be kiln-fired for preservation. Pieces will be ready for pickup the Monday after classes. A Community Learning workshop, this class is open exclusively to enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribes; space is limited. Register here.

About Lori Reed: The daughter of William “Bill” and Frances Long Reed, Lori Reed is from the Wolftown community. She is a mother of two daughters and a precious granddaughter, with one on the way. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reed received her Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree with a double major in 2D and 3D studio arts. She then received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D Arts from the University of Tennessee. Reed continued her education at Western Carolina University and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Art Education. She is currently the Arts and Crafts teacher at Cherokee High School and is a licensed teacher. 

Reed has learned many of the Cherokee arts. She is proficient in finger-weaving, basketry, pottery, beadwork and copper work. She is also learning to sew, in the footprints of her mother, Frances Reed. She loves all of the Cherokee arts and is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She loves teaching as well as learning new things. Reed’s inspiration comes from not only her Cherokee heritage, but also from being surrounded by family members who were doing Cherokee arts and crafts. She is the granddaughter of well-known mask maker Allen Long and Lucinda Reed, a basket maker who used honeysuckle vines, white oak and river cane. Her great grandfather, Will West Long, is well-known for his teachings in Cherokee song and dance, as well as mask making. Reed has also been influenced by many other family members who were artists as well. She is committed to carrying on the Cherokee history and art knowledge that she has been blessed to learn, not only from her family but many of the Cherokee artists in her community.

Maker Monday
January 9 & 23, 2023, 10am-4pm
Watch Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians artists demonstrate their artistic processes and showcase their work.

Our Voices, Our Identity
February 15, 2023, 5pm
Afro-Indigenous artists join a panel to discuss their experiences and how their identity informs their art. This event honors National Black History Month. Speakers to be announced. Register here.

Maker Monday
February 6 & 20, 2023, 10am-4pm
Watch Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians artists demonstrate their artistic processes and showcase their work.

Beaded Graduation Cap Class
March 13 & 14, 2023

Jennifer Wilson (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) will guide participants in making their very own beaded graduation cap. This class is open to enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribes. Registration link to come.

Our Own Words: Storytelling is a Journey
March 8, 2023, 5pm | Virtual
Indigenous authors come together to share the stories they tell, their journey to being published, and how their cultural identity influences their craft and experiences. Register here.

Maker Monday
March 6 & 20, 2023, 10am-4pm
Watch Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians artists demonstrate their artistic processes and showcase their work.


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For more information about programming at MCI, please contact: 

Atsila Anotasgi Cultural Specialists

programs@mci.org

 

Field trips on your own in the Cherokee area, free of charge:

  • Mountain Farm Museum—National Park Service
  • Newfound Gap and Clingman’s Dome—National Park Service
  • Kituhwa Mound—Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cultural Resources Office
  • Mingo Falls
  • Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Co-op

Other Cultural Attractions:

Oconaluftee Indian Village May 1 – October 24
“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama June – August