As we continue to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month, we take a look today at those who are keeping authenticity of American Indian arts and crafts alive. Located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation resides the nation’s oldest and foremost Native American cooperative. Founded in 1946, the co-op has been through many stages of growth due to the demand for the best handcrafted arts. Its membership today is over 350 artists, and serves the purpose of providing the best year-round market for Cherokee handicrafts, as well as a supportive environment for the artists themselves.
To support the artists and their families, you may visit their store located in the Historic District in Cherokee, NC to purchase an item. You may also browse their gallery online at the link below. They have a beautiful selection of baskets, beadwork, paintings, pottery, and more. If you can’t make it out to the co-op, you can tour the store virtually on their website.
For more information, please click the link: Home – Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual