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Indigenous Peoples

A guide to help with research on indigenous people internationally, in the US/NC, and locally. This guide has specific focus on the culture and arts of peoples indigenous to NC.

Native Visual Arts & Crafts

Museum of the Cherokee People

From the Hands of our Elders. An online exhibit by Hunter Library at Western Carolina University

Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Inc. A Cherokee gallery in Western, NC that celebrates native handcrafts

The Museum of the Southeast American Indian at UNC Pembroke

Guilford Native American Art Gallery in Greensboro


Native Performing Arts of NC

Unto These Hills: 66 Years & Counting  Every year Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee North Carolina performs "Unto These Hills" drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee that traces back to the years before the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears to the present day.

Strike at the Wind! Performed regularly at UNC Pembroke and the Lumber Cultural Center since 1876, tells the story of Henry Berry Lowrie. More information can be found here

The Lost Colony This historical outdoor drama, written by American Paul Green and produced since 1937 in Manteo, North Carolina. It is based on accounts of Sir Walter Raleigh's attempts in the 16th century to establish a permanent settlement on Roanoke Island, then part of the Colony of Virginia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        * In 2021 the play was reconstructed to rebalance the storytelling to include multiple points of view. All Native American characters are portrayed by Native American actors.

Ancient Arts of NC