Jason Baird Jackson, Faculty Curator and Associate Professor of Folklore and American Studies, will discuss his ongoing, collaborative study of the Eastern Cherokee collections stewarded by the Mathers Museum. These significant collections, assembled during the 1970s among the Cherokee living in Western North Carolina, provide an important vantage point on issues of continuity and change in Cherokee culture and society, particularly the Cherokee’s place within both the region’s tourist economy and the broader Southern Appalachian crafts revival. Jackson will situate these studies within the context of his work with students in his Curatorship graduate seminar and the broader Southeastern Native American Collections Project that he is leading. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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