Native Wood Carver Featured



Cherokee wood-carver Amanda Crowe

When you log onto a fresh Google page (9 November) take a look at today’s video-clip.

An animation of Cherokee artist Amanda Crowe is shown carving wood animals.

When the 50-second video ends, Google links you to online stories about Crowe.

One recent story, published in Newsweek, describes Crowe picking up a knife at age four to start carving.

Crowe was a member of a small band of Cherokee Indians who escaped the mass relocation of Natives when President Andrew Jackson sent U.S. troops to Georgia and surrounding states to remove them forcibly in the 1830s.

She spent her early years in North Carolina (where she was born in 1928) on the reserve sanctioned by the U.S. government for the Cherokee, called the Qualla Boundary (which the tribe had to buy back).

Newsweek notes that Crowe learned wood-carving from her Indatse, Goingback Chiltoskie, a renowned artist and teacher.

Although Crowe left the Qualla Boundary to study in Chicago (where she was awarded a scholarship at the Art Institute) and Mexico, she returned home to teach art.

Newsweek writes that she taught more than “2,000 students over the course of 40 years.”


The photo of Amanda Crowe and students is copyright-free, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Day Nine: Native American Heritage Month

9 November 2018

















About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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