Carolina Mountains Literary Festival - Telling Our Own Story: Cherokee Self-Representation in Contemporary Media

Telling Our Own Story: Cherokee Self-Representation in Contemporary Media

Historically in film, literature, galleries, and textbooks, Native stories have been told by non-Native voices. In this panel, we’ll hear from citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), North Carolina’s only federally recognized tribe, who are contributing to the international movement for Indigenous self-representation in media through writing, podcasting, visual art, and cultural perpetuation.

The event is free for all ages.
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Panelists include:
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (Eastern Band Cherokee), award-winning author of Even as We Breathe. Annette lives in Qualla, N.C. and sits on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and is President of the North Carolina Writers Network. She is also an Appalachian Futures Series editor for the University Press of Kentucky.

Shana Bushyhead Condill (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), Executive Director of The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Shana as worked in the museum and cultural field for over twenty years. As Executive Director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Condill furthers a career-spanning commitment to cultivating Native representation and self-representation in public spaces, advocating for the intentional combining of mainstream best practices with Native best practices in cultural preservation.

Nola Pina (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), Lead Cultural Specialist at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Nola grew up and still currently resides in the on the Qualla Boundary. As a Lead Cultural Specialist at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Nola enjoys demonstrating and teaching finger-weaving (she is a first-generation finger weaver herself), as well as storytelling and leading tours through the permanent exhibit.

Rhiannon ‘Skye’ Tafoya (Eastern Band Cherokee and Santa Clara Pueblo), visual artist. Skye employs printmaking, digital design, and basketry techniques in creating her artist’s books, prints, and paper weavings. Both of her Tribal heritages, cultures, and lineages are manifested in her two- and three-dimensional artworks that range in size from a few inches to a few feet.

Sheyahshe Littledave (Eastern Band Cherokee), writer and podcaster. Sheyahshe is passionate about storytelling and writing to highlight the Indigenous experience. Her work includes publication in National Geographic, NPR, and writing children’s books. In 2021, she became the co-host of "We are Resilient: An MMIW True Crime Podcast," dedicated to telling the untold stories of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women.

Event address: 
Town Center
Burnsville, NC
Even as We Breathe By Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950564323
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Published: Fireside Industries - March 7th, 2023

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Published: Fireside Industries - September 8th, 2020