Cherokee Museum Presents

Cherokee Pottery

on International Archaeology Day

   The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will present “Cherokee Pottery: Three Thousand Years of Cherokee Science and Art” on Friday October 17 at 2 pm.  This talk is part of International Archaeology Day, sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.  It is open to thepublic free of charge, and is suitable for all ages. 

   “We are glad to be participating in International Archaeology Day this year,” said Bo Taylor, Executive Director.  The talk will include examples of Cherokee pottery beginning with fiber tempered pottery through the work of contemporary Cherokee potters who have revitalized old techniques. 

   Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D., Education Director, will talk about the art and science involved in Cherokee pottery, providing examples of reproduction pots which participants can examine hands-on.  The talk will cover the fabric-impressed Swannanoa pots of 900 B.C., the shell-tempered pots of the Cherokee Overhill Towns, Mississippian effigy pots and fire pots, and Qualla pottery 1300 A.D. through today.  Beginning in 2003, potters from the Eastern Band began bringing back old styles and techniques, and their work will be discussed as well.

   At 1pm, Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will be telling traditional stories and sharing oral history.  This weekly presentation is also free to the public.

   For more information on International Archaeology Day and events around the world, go to  For more information on the event at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, contact the Museum at 828 497-3481 or