Cherokee Art: anything but artificial.
There is a rare spiritual quality to Cherokee art that evokes a sense of sacred traditions. You won’t find Bedazzlers or pictures of Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans here. As you run your fingers over the warp and weft of the baskets that combine unique twill variations, you remember these traditional patterns have ornamented these fibrous vessels throughout Cherokee history. Weaponry, pipes, and pottery may draw you in, or colorful beadwork, dolls, and weavings. Not only is Cherokee art known for its beauty and detail—much of it is also useful. From catching fish and storing grain to hunting and traditional ritual, the arts and crafts you’ll find here have been integral to the Cherokee way of life since historic times.
Where to find the treasures.
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. has some of the finest Cherokee art in the country. Only the most talented traditional and fine artists show their work here. In fact, there is such a wealth of beautiful objects to choose from, it is virtually impossible to leave the store empty handed. The Islands Park Art Market is another enjoyable way to view and purchase stunning works from talented Cherokee artists.