The Qualla Boundary is the official name of the homeland of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, those who managed to remain in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, after the Andrew Jackson administration removed as many as it could from their homeland to Oklahoma on the notorious Trail of Tears. Some hid out in the mountains, and others lived on land protected by North Carolina deeds registered mostly through the help of Indian trader, William Holland Thomas, who did not want his providers of pelts, creators of crafts, and customers to move to Oklahoma. The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual was founded in 1946 to promote and market Cherokee handicrafts. If you want an authentic Cherokee craft from an enrolled member of the Eastern Band, be sure it has the Qualla Co-op seal – pictured on the cover of this book – on its tag. And if you want to know more about this Co-op and Cherokee crafts, read this book by a white archivist who has made virtually a life’s work out of documenting and celebrating Eastern Band crafts, including writing and publishing three of her six other books on the subject.
Cullowhee, North Carolina: Cultural InSight, 2021. 94 pages with Notes and most pages having one or two black-and-white photos. Trade paperback.