Qualla in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
An Ancient and Settled Landscape
Many of the traditions of the Cherokee people influenced the development of a larger Southern Appalachian culture. From here visitors are offered a long-range view of the Ravensfork Valley of the Oconaluftee River.
Archaeological and ethno historical evidence indicates a human presence in this area of nearly 12,000 years. In the Big Cove Community below, early members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians farmed next to immigrant settlers into the 1870s, when the area became part of the larger Qualla Boundary.
In Cherokee, visitors have the chance to see traditional crafts in the making, hear the ancient stories, and learn about the history of this vibrant, resilient people with visits to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Co-op, and the Oconaluftee Indian Village.
Illustration of typical Cherokee village, Woodland period settlement, ca. A.D. 350. Villages such as these were located throughout the Southern Appalachian mountains.
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Noted Cherokee basket maker Nancy Bradley, from a W.M. Cline postcard ca. 1937. Some claim that Nancy was one of the only two basket weavers who kept the Cherokee double weave tradition alive.
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Cherokee High School student Hannah Youngdeer learns the tradition of basket making using techniques handed down through generations.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 35° 30.575′ N, 83° 11.331′ W. Marker is in Qualla, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 458.9), on the right when traveling south. Located at the Lickstone Overlook of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Qualla Indian Reservation (here, next to this marker); Plott BalsamThe Masonic Marker (approx. 2 miles away); Qualla Boundary (approx. 2.1 miles away); Browning Knob (approx. 4½ miles away); Kirk's Raid (approx. 4.7 miles away); Keener Craft Shop (approx. 5.6 miles away); Echota Mission (approx. 5.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.