Stecoah Valley Center for the Cultural Arts

Classes in Cherokee Culture

Stecoah Valley Center offers a variety of classes taught by local Cherokee artisans. Prices and hours vary; please note details before you register. Preregistration is required. Register online, sign up in the Gallery or call to register. Payment upon registration is preferred.

The Center also offers other adult classes from culinary workshops to arts and crafts classes. Learn more about arts and crafts classes.

Booger Mask

Instructor:   Billy J. Welch
Date:            July 18, 22, 25, & 29, 2019
Time:            6:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuition:         $45.00

The Cherokee Booger Mask were made as representations of enemies and worn during the Booger Dance to aid the Cherokee in serious aspects of day to day life. In this workshop you will learn about the history of the Booger Mask and create your very own mask. Instructor Billy J. Welch will guide you through the process of creation. No experience needed and all supplies provided.

You can register online here or by calling Stecoah Valley Center at 828-479-3364. For questions or more information, please call the Center or email melinda@stecoahvalleycenter.com.

Min: 5 students                             Max:  10 students

Cherokee Language

Instructor:   Roger Smoker & Micah Swimmer
Date:            August 5 through the 22, 2019 (Classes held on Monday and Thursday)
Time:            6:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuition:         FREE – Max of 25 participates (Must register online)

The UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger labeled the eastern dialect of Cherokee as severely endangered in 2010. There are roughly 226 fluent speakers of the Cherokee language. Instructors Roger Smoker and Micah Swimmer are working diligently to change that. This class is an introduction to the Cherokee Syllabary, pronunciation of sounds, and greetings. The class will be 2 nights a week for 3 weeks. Each student will be given a syllabary to take home.

You can register online here or by calling Stecoah Valley Center at 828-479-3364. For questions or more information, please call the Center or email melinda@stecoahvalleycenter.com.

Max: 25

White Oak Basket

Instructor:  Ramona Lossie
Date:            September 14, 2019
Time:            9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuition:         $175.00

Instructor Ramona Lossie is a native Cherokee basket weaver. She grew up in the Paint Town community of Cherokee and learned basket weaving from watching her mother and grandmother. Her baskets are on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

In this class students will learn to weave a small basket made of white oak reeds. No experience necessary. All materials provided.

You can register online here or by calling Stecoah Valley Center at 828-479-3364. For questions or more information, please call the Center or email melinda@stecoahvalleycenter.com.

Min: 5 students                             Max:  10 students

River Cane Mat

Instructor:  Ramona Lossie
Date:            September 21, 2019
Time:            9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuition:         $175.00

Instructor Ramona Lossie is a native Cherokee basket weaver. She grew up in the Paint Town community of Cherokee and learned basket weaving from watching her mother and grandmother. Her baskets are on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C

In this workshop you will learn the history of the Cherokee river cane mat, and the process of collecting and preparing the river cane. No experience necessary. All materials provided.

You can register online here or by calling Stecoah Valley Center at 828-479-3364. For questions or more information, please call the Center or email melinda@stecoahvalleycenter.com.

Min: 5 students                             Max:  10 students

Hours: Stecoah's grounds, including the Courtyard of the Cherokee are free and open to the public at all times.  The indoor exhibits are free and open to the public 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday year around and Saturdays, April through November.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
121 Schoolhouse Road
Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771