IACA Journal Fall 2013 - page 15

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parents, grandparents, children and
grand children are members. In order to
become a member a person must be at
least 16 years of age or older and be an
enrolled member of the Eastern Band of
Cherokee Indians. At least three pieces
of the artist’s work is submitted along
with a membership application. Accept-
ing new members only twice a year, the
Board of Directors reviews the applica-
tions, work samples, and the artists in
action. Once an artist makes it past the
Board stage, the entire “co-op” member-
ship must vote in order for an individ-
ual to become a member. The lifetime
membership allows artists to sell their
pieces to Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual
while those not meeting membership
requirements are encouraged to work on
their skills and reapply.
There is never a dull moment at the Co-
op. Members regularly stop by during
operating hours to visit with staff and
guests, discuss their works in progress,
chat about their friends and family, or to
take a look at what their fellow artists are
making. Many items for sale include bi-
ographies on the artists or explanations
of cultural significance of the pieces.
There is a large selection of items for sale
and you can count on your purchase
being one of a kind.
In order to experience Qualla Arts and
Crafts Mutual stop by during our oper-
ating hours: Summer hours: (June-Au-
gust): 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday
through Saturday; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday. Winter hours: (September-May):
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm Monday through
Saturday; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
Closed Sundays in January and February
and on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas
Day and New Year’s Day. Located at 645
Tsali Blvd. (Across the street from the
Museum of the Cherokee Indian). Phone:
(828) 497-3103 or visit us online at www.
quallaartsandcrafts.org.
This display of priceless double weave river cane baskets in the permanent gallery honors
several Eastern Band of Cherokee women that helped keep the sacred tradition of double
weave river cane basketry alive.
The pottery display features different styles of Cherokee pottery handcrafted by our artist
members.
Visit Qualla Arts and Crafts
Mutual, Inc. in Cherokee, North
Carolina, or online at
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