Cherokee Baskets from the Asheville Art Museum


POP UP! On view at State Employees’ Credit Union (701 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28804) through July 11
Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm; closed on weekends

Long regarded for their exquisite craftsmanship, Cherokee baskets are notable for their beauty, durability, and technical complexity. They play an important role in Cherokee culture, serving as functional and decorative objects, records of history and celebrations of time-honored values. In the first half of the 18th century, the European aristocracy sought out Cherokee baskets and purchased them as gifts for friends and business associates. Made primarily by women, Cherokee baskets continue to be desirable commodities and treasured works of art today.

The Asheville Art Museum recognizes the important contributions that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has made to the art and culture of the Southern Appalachian region and is committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting historical and contemporary Cherokee art. The Museum’s Collection currently contains over 40 baskets made by Cherokee women from 1900 to the present day. The baskets in this exhibition are part of a larger collection of Cherokee artwork that also includes outstanding examples of wood carving, stone sculpture and ceramics.

We are grateful to the State Employees’ Credit Union and its members for their generous support of the Asheville Art Museum.


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